The matron of Prem Nivasa, a children’s home in Moratuwa which is embroiled in a controversy over the alleged sale of children was arrested Friday night (Nov 25) by a team of police officials. The matron, a missionary of Indian origin was produced before a Magistrate and was later remanded.
Police on Friday night also took an under-aged pregnant girl and two other females from the home and placed them in the custody of another home in the area.
“The matron of this home has been remanded till December 1. Steps are also being taken to impound her passport,” said the Police Media Spokesperson Ajith Rohana when contacted by The Sunday Leader yesterday.
“We could not accept the way this home was being run. There was no proper procedure..,” said Anoma Dissanayake, Chairperson of the National Child Protection Authority. It is learnt that when NCPA police raided this children’s home on Wednesday they found several pregnant, under-aged women and 12 infants in the home. They also found people who had ‘paid’ and were ‘ready to pay’ waiting to get children
The case against Prem Nivasa working on the theme – missionaries of charity - heightened when it was found to be linked to an adoption agency which advertised children from Ukraine, Liberia, Uganda and Sri Lanka. The going rate for a child, it was discovered through payment receipts, is U.S. Dollars 10,000.
When the Sunday Leader contacted Prem Nivasa Saturday morning for their side of the story, a member of the staff who answered the phone said that they were getting ready for a religious gathering and were unable to comment.
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