Kolkata, India, Jul 5, 2018 / 11:45 am America/Denver (CNA).
Two women affiliated with the Missionaries of Charity, one a religious sister and the other an employee, have been arrested in India, under suspicion of selling a baby from a shelter for unwed mothers.
The arrests happened on Tuesday and Wednesday in the Indian state of Jharkhand. The women are also under suspicion of selling three other infants, and are believed to have an additional accomplice, a shelter employee who is now being investigated.
No charges have yet been filed.
Police say that a couple reportedly paid 120,000 rupees ($1,760 USD) to Anima Indwar, who worked at a shelter run by the Missionaries of Charity. The couple complained that Indwar took their money in exchange for a child, and that she later took the child back from them without returning money.
At the time of the arrest, there were a dozen pregnant women living at the shelter, who have now been transferred to a government-run home.