Baby selling racket exposed in Delhi

Sep 03: In another sting operation by a TV channel CNN IBN, exposing a baby selling racket in Delhi by a placement agency in Adivasi Sewa Samiti office in Shakarpur. These placement agencies are becoming a breeding centre of such crimes.

The placement agencies traffic minor tribal girls from Jharkhand, Bihar and West Bengal and either sold them for domestic help or are impregnated forcefully and sell the babies to the couples looking for child adoption.

The two decoys of the channel posing as a couple want to buy a child went to placement agency to strike the deal. The placement agency is owned by Vinod and Preeti, who told that they charge Rs 10,000 per child. The investigating team also met Sukhmai, a young girl who delivered a baby a few days ago.

After the revelations by the channel, Delhi police went on to hunt the culprit, and arrested Benjamin the other partner of Vinod, and Preeti has been sent to 14 days judicial custody. Vinod is absconding.

Child Welfare Committee has asked for strong action against the culprits.

According to sources, the girls were forced to make physical relation with the agents to conceive, and some time sent to homes of those who wanted children to have sex with the person who wants baby.

Such placement agencies in many part of Delhi are booming, and are going unnoticed. As per the sources these placement agencies had been operating since 5 years. And they are doing this business from the new location since one and half year.

This case has again raised various question, on the laws to check such illegal placement agencies and ‘taken for granted attitude’ of the landlords who in spite of the guidance given by police fail to keep all the information about the tenant. Though in this case the land lady help the culprit to be arrested, as she found them a bit suspicious, but there will be many such agencies doing business by selling babies or forcing those girls to prostitution.

The ignorant couples, who want to avoid the time taking procedure of Legal Adoption, unknowingly help such cruelties to propagate in the society at the cost of somebody’s innocence, as there will be hundreds of such agencies selling babies or forcing those girls to prostitution.


HC upset with CBI probe in Preet Mandir adoption scam


Mayura Janwalkar

Expressing dissatisfaction over the enquiry report submitted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the Bombay High Court on Monday sought details of the enquiry made into Pune’s Preet Mandir child adoption and trafficking scam by November 20.

In its enquiry report submitted to the court two weeks ago, the CBI had reported no irregularities in the functioning of the adoption home and given it a clean chit. The court had suo moto taken up the issue of child trafficking after a news channel exposed the illegal activities carried out by Preet Mandir last year.

The adoption centre’s owner, JS Bhasin, had allegedly been selling babies to foreign nationals for as much as Rs5.5 lakh, thereby violating the Supreme Court’s guidelines on inter-country adoptions.

On Monday, advocate Pradeep Havnur told the court that the CBI had not looked into hotel bills of the chairperson of Child Adoption Resource Agency.

Bills of the five-star hotel in Pune, where the chairman was residing during his investigation of the adoption centre, were allegedly footed by Preet Mandir itself.

Adoption racket: CBI gives clean chit to Preet Mandir

from: IBNlive

New Delhi After the CNN-IBN Special Investigation exposed child trafficking at a Pune based adoption agency, the CBI was asked to investigate and its preliminary findings seem to clear the adoption agency. The CBI in its preliminary enquiry on the matter has given a clean chit to the agency involved.

The CBI has relied on testimonies of unwed mothers saying they willingly handed over their babies for adoption. But one such mother says she was never questioned by the CBI.

“No one from CBI approached me. I didn't give up my child. I was just told to sign,” says the mother.

The Maharashtra Government had initially recommended the suspension of Preet Mandir's foreign adoption license, after confirming that extra donations taken from foreign parents had not been documented.

But three months later, the Maharashtra Women and Child Welfare Department did a strange U-turn, saying they found no evidence of child trafficking or sale of children outside the adoption process.

The home for unwed mothers in Talegaon, exposed as a source of cheap babies to sell abroad not only got a clean chit but was also commended for its welfare work.

The cover-up was complete in January 2007, when Dr Jagannath Pati from the Central regulatory authority CARA, visited Preet Mandir only to say that he found no cases there of babies being snatched from biological parents or of foreign couples being preferred to Indian adoptive parents.

At no point did the CBI or the Maharashtra Government or the Central Adoption Regulatory Authority ask the investigation for documents in its possession that showed how adoption agencies were involved in child trafficking. Yet they have given clean chits to the agencies involved.

Adoption watchdog gives child traffickers clean chit

from: ibnlive

New Delhi/ Pune: Preet Mandir, an adoption agency in Pune, is the front for a child trafficking racket. A CNN-IBN Special Investigation exposed Preet Mandir and its owner J S Bhasin last year but it is still in business because India’s adoption watchdog has turned a blind eye.

After CNN-IBN’s investigation in June 2006, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was asked to investigate Preet Mandir. The CBI says it took the testimonies of unwed mothers who said they willingly handed over their babies for adoption. But one such mother says the CBI never questioned her.

“No one from the CBI approached me. I didn't give up my child and the adoption agency asked me to sign a paper,” says the woman, who didn’t want her name to be revealed.

The Maharashtra government in July 2006 first recommended that Preet Mandir's foreign adoption license be suspended because it had not documented donations it took from foreign couples. But in October the Maharashtra Women and Child Welfare Department did a U-turn and said it hadn’t found evidence of child trafficking, or sale of children outside the adoption process.

A home for unwed mothers in Talegaon, which was Preet Mandir's source for cheap babies to sell abroad, was first given a clean chit and later commended for its welfare work.

At no point did the CBI or the Maharashtra Government or Central Adoption Resource Agency (CARA), the regulatory authority for adoptions in the country, ask CNN-IBN for documents that proved adoption agencies’ involvement in child trafficking.

CARA had a vested interested in absolving Preet Mandir and returning its foreign adoption licence. CARA chairperson J K Mittal stayed in Pune’s Aurora Towers hotel for two days in June 2007 and got a bill of Rs 16,000. Guess who paid the bill? Preet Mandir’s owner Bhasin did.

Mittal told CNN-IBN he had paid for the bill and gave us a copy of a bill which says he paid Rs 11,000 for the hotel stay. But CNN-IBN has found that the bill of Rs 11,000 is the record of a discount given by the hotel on the original Rs 16,000-bill, which was settled by Preet Mandir through a credit card account.

The cover-up was completed in January 2007 when Dr Jagannath Pati of CARA visited Preet Mandir and absolved it of allegations that it was stealing babies from their parents and selling them to foreign couples.

Just ahead of an international conference in October 2007, CARA published in newspapers a list of recognised adoption agencies in the county. But strangely, Preet Mandir is listed as an active adoption agency in CARA booklets meant for internal circulation.

Preet Mandir got a clean chit and the permission to continue managing Shishu Sadan, a government-owned adoption home in Aurangabad. Preet Mandir was licensed to place children for adoption within India but used Shishu Sadan as a source for children to traffic abroad. Shishu Sadan officials though deny links with Preet Mandir.

Dr Sengupta, who is in charge of Shishu Sadan, claimed they were not a branch of Preet Mandir. Shishusadan's certificate of recognition doesn’t mention the institute’s license number or the date it was given a licence. “I don’t have to show you or explain things,” said Dr Sengupta.

The Women and Child Department in Pune attribute the blanks to a clerical error.

Documentary Proof
a) Preet Mandir paid for J K Mittal's hotel stay: bill 1, bill 2, bill 3
b) How CBI gave clean chit to Preet Mandir

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