NEW DELHI. Central Government could de-recognise 13 orphanages run by Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity after it refused to give children up for adoption to single, divorced or separated people.
Women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi said that the charity was not complying with the adoption guidelines, leaving the government with no option but to de-recognise them.
She said that they have cited ideological issues with our adoption guidelines related to giving a child up for adoption to single, unwed mothers. She said that they have their own agenda and now when they have to come under a unified secular agenda, they are refusing it.
The NDA government guidelines notified by the WCD ministry in July made adoption rules more stringent. The Missionaries of Charity has refused to comply with the provisions related to adoptions by single, separated or divorced people.
Menaka said the Missionaries of Charity had itself written to the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA), an autonomous body under the ministry that regulates adoptions, seeking de-recognition of 13 of its orphanages. She also said that Government is trying and persuading them because they are valuable, good people and have experience. But if they do not follow the central guidelines, we will be left with no option but to de-recognise the orphanages run by them and shift the children to other places.
A Missionaries of Charity person said, “We are stopping adoption. We have written to CARA.” But Missionaries of Charity refused to say why the charity was taking this step.
When CARA received complaints from two prospective single parents from Assam and Bihar then this action is taken.