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India’s Sr Prema condemns trafficking, says nuns not involved

Facing child trafficking allegations at one of its homes for unmarried mothers in India, the Missionaries of Charity said the order condemns the actions of individuals involved and stressed that these are unrelated to the order.

A baby born in Nirmal Hriday (Tender Heart) home in the eastern Indian city of Ranchi was not handed over to state adoption authorities after the mother had declared her intention to do so, Sr Mary Prema Pierick, superior general of the Missionaries of Charity, said in a 17th July statement from Kolkata.

“We are fully co-operating with the investigations and are open to any free, fair and just inquiry,” Sr Prema said, noting that “false news” “and “baseless innuendos” are being spread.

“While we place our full trust in the judicial process that is underway, we wish to express regret and sorrow for what happened,” she said.

The order condemns “in unequivocal terms” the individual actions “which have nothing to do with the Congregation of the Missionaries of Charity,” she said.

Picture: A baby born in Nirmal Hriday (Tender Heart) home in Ranchi, India, was not handed over to state adoption authorities after the mother had declared her intention to do so, Sr Mary Prema Pierick, superior general of the Missionaries of Charity, said in a 17th July statement from Kolkata. Sr Prema is pictured in a 2016 photo. (CNS photo/Georgi Licovski, Reuters).