Authorities investigate Mother Teresa charity over claims of converting orphan girls

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Amid rising Christian persecution, police Gujarat are investigating Mother Teresa’s charity, which runs orphanages and schools for abandoned children, after officials filed a police complaint under the state’s anti-conversion law alleging the nuns are “forcibly” converting girls.

Police have filed a case against the Missionaries of Charity, which was founded by Mother Teresa, under the Gujarat Freedom of Religion Act of 2003 for allegedly “hurting Hindu religious sentiments” and “luring" young girls "toward Christianity" in a shelter home it runs in Vadodara city, The Indian Express reported.

The police complaint says District Social Defense Officer Mayank Trivedi and the Chairman of the Child Welfare Committee of the district visited the Catholic charity’s Home for Girls in Makarpura area on Dec. 9 and found that girls were being “forced” to read the Bible and pray with the intention of “steering them into Christianity,” the newspaper said.

“Between February 10, 2021, and December 9, 2021, the institution has been involved in activities to hurt the religious sentiments of Hindus intentionally and with bitterness… The girls inside the Home for Girls are being lured to adopt Christianity by making them wear the cross around their neck and also placing the Bible on the table of the storeroom used by the girls, in order to compel them to read the Bible… It is an attempted crime to force religious conversion upon the girls,” reads the complaint.

A spokesperson from the charity was quoted as saying, “We are not involved in any religious conversion activity… We have 24 girls in the home. These girls live with us and they follow our practice as they see us doing the same when we pray and live. We have not converted anyone or forced anyone to marry into Christian faith.”

Courtesy of The Christian Post.