The failure of Missionaries of Charity to adhere to new adoption norms has now raised a question mark over the future of several orphans that live in orphanages run by the organisation, according to reports.
The Hindustan Times has reported that the Women and Child Development ministry may de-recognize 13 orphanages run by the institution after its refusal to give children for adoption to single, divorced or separated persons.
"Till now the Mother Teresa's (Foundation) orphanages had their own agenda and now when they have to come under a unified secular agenda they are refusing it. They have decided not to follow the guidelines," union minister Maneka Gandhi said.
She said that the ministry will try to persuade them to put children up for adoption.
"We will try and persuade them because they are valuable people and have experience. But if they do not listen then those children will have to be shifted to other places," she said.
The Times of India reported that in two cases, one from Bihar and one from Assam, the institution had rejected two single parents who had approached it.
There are 16 orphanages of Mother Teresa Foundation which are registered with Central Adoption Resource Agency (CARA) of
which 13 have written to the ministry for de-recognition.
"They have ideological issues with our adoption guidelines such as they do not want to give child to separated or divorced parents," said a senior CARA official, adding, 13 of its orphanages have applied for cancelling the registration.
Gandhi said that a survey to create a database of all all registered child homes in the country will help trace all institutions which are not complying with the law. The survey will be undertaken by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights and non- government organisation called Child Line.
"Identifying an unregistered home is not an easy task. We would take support of the district administration and district police intelligence staff to do the job," a senior Ministry official said.
"Getting the unregistered homes into the fold of the system is very important as there is always a possibility of child trafficking in these institutions.
"The Supreme Court has categorically asked us to tell about the state of registered and unregistered homes. We have been asking same to the states and only few have given the information," the official said.
With inputs from PTI
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Updated Date: Oct 09, 2015 16:36:22 IST