Rupa Verma, the Chairperson of Child Welfare Committee, Ranchi unit filed a complaint on the basis of which Anima Indwar was apprehended. Many turn to charities such as Mother Teresa's for shelter during their pregnancies. "It should have never happened", said the Missionaries of Charity organization, set up by the Catholic missionary nun in 1950. "The organization has one wing in every district and each one of them should be investigated", he said.
Police official Niraj Sinha backed up Kumar's claims, saying: "We have found out that some other babies have also been illegally sold from the center", BBC reported.
"We are investigating to see how the operation was run and how many more children have been given away in the last few years", Kumar told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. However, the baby was taken back by the charity home with assurances of returning it back after court procedures. "We contacted the mother and she told us that she does not have the child".
The arrests were made after the state's Child Welfare Committee registered a complaint that the women sold an infant born to an unwed mother at the Nirmal Hriday shelter in the state capital, Ranchi, to a childless couple.
Police said Jharkhand state's Child Welfare Committee came to suspect the home was involved in the illegal trading of children after a couple complained they were not given a child despite paying 120,000 rupees (US$1,850) as an adoption fee.
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"We are now investigating the sale of a newborn baby to a couple in Uttar Pradesh for 120,000 rupees", CWC chairman Rupa Kumari told the BBC.
Incidentally, in January 2014, then child welfare panel chairperson Om Prakash Singh had in a letter to the state government alleged "child trafficking" from both Jail Road and Hinoo shelters.
In 2015, Missionaries of Charity had ended the process of adaption as they failed to comply with the latest adaption laws. It is completely against our moral convictions.
"We hear that babies are being sold in other homes as well and are determined to put a stop to it", he said. The Missionaries of Charity ended its own involvement because it opposed adoptions to single women or unmarried couples.
"There was no question of selling any child as the Missionaries of Charity had stopped giving children for adoption three years ago", charity Spokeswoman Sunita Kumar said in a statement.