07 Press Release on the recent developments at Nirmal Hriday, Missionaries of Charity Home, Ranchi

posted Jul 18, 2018, 10:56 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jul 18, 2018, 10:57 AM ]
Sr. M. Prema MC

We are deeply saddened and grieved by the recent developments at Missionaries of Charity Home - Nirmal Hriday - at East Jail Road, Ranchi. Even while we place our full trust in the judicial process that is underway, we wish to express regret and sorrow for what happened, and desire to express in unequivocal terms our condemnation of individual actions which have nothing to do with the Congregation of the Missionaries of Charity. We are fully cooperating with the investigations, and are open to any free, fair and just inquiry. In this context, especially in view of many myths being spread, information distorted and false news being diffused, and baseless innuendos being thrown about regarding the 'Mother Teresa Sisters', it is expedient to lay down the turn of events as they actually transpired.

Sr Concelia MC was appointed as the sister-in-charge of the 'unwed mothers' section at Nirmal Hriday, East Jail Road, Ranchi on June 6, 2017. She was responsible for admission, hospitalisation, counselling, record keeping, accompanying mothers and babies to CWC, when necessary, and for discharge of the unwed mothers from the Home.

Mrs Anima Indwar began working at Nirmal Hriday from January 2012. Initially, she worked as a ward helper, and then as a staff member to care for the unwed mothers. She learnt the work very well and ably assisted Sr Concelia MC. Mrs Anima Indwar thus came to enjoy the trust of the Sisters at Nirmal Hriday. As and when Sr Concelia MC got engaged in pressing responsibilities, Mrs Anima Indwar would escort the unwed mothers, their babies and their guardians to Sadar Hospital, RIMS and CWC office as was required, by herself.

On June 29, 2018, at around 12:30 pm, the Child Protection Officer, Ms Seema and other Social Welfare officers, about five of them, came to Nirmal Hriday. They called for the admission and attendance registers containing information about the inmates at the Home. They seized the registers and records maintained by Nirmal Hriday, without providing the receipt for such seizure to the Home.

From the records maintained for 'unwed mothers', the said officials particularly enquired about Ms Karishma Toppo and her baby. Ms Karishma Toppo had taken admission in Nirmal Hriday on March 19, 2018 and had delivered her baby on May 1, 2018. After her delivery, Ms Karishma Toppo had declared in the Home's register that she would surrender her child to CWC. Mrs Anima Indwar, Ms Karishma Toppo and her guardian thus took the baby from Nirmal Hriday to surrender the child. Neither Nirmal Hriday nor the Sisters had any way to ascertain whether the child was actually surrendered to CWC. This is so because CWC, as a matter of practice, did not give any acknowledgement to the Home after obtaining custody of a child from an unwed mother.