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* Catholic Church to take Sri Lanka Child authority to court over 'Baby Farm' raid
Tue, Dec 6, 2011, 01:08 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 06, Colombo: The Catholic Church plans to take legal action against Sri Lanka's National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) and its chairperson Anoma Dissanayaka over the raid on the children's home in Moratuwa, local media reported.

Sri Lanka's Christian Affairs Minister Milroy Fernando has been informed of the decision to initiate legal action by the Catholic Church against the NCPA and Mrs. Dissanayaka over the recent raid of the 'Prem Nivasa' without first making proper inquiries, according to a report in Sri Lanka Mirror.

The Minister has been quoted as saying that he would inform President Mahinda Rajapaksa regarding the issue.

The NCPA recently raided the shelter for pregnant girls and arrested the caretaker nun, Sister Mary Eliza and detained her in a high security prison over the weekend. She was later released on bail.

Police spokesman, SP Ajith Rohana earlier has told BBC that at least two underage pregnant women were found in the convent and it was illegal not to disclose that information to the authorities.

The head of the Catholic Church in Sri Lanka Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith has said that he strongly objects to the allegations of child trafficking against the arrested nun and in protest he will boycott all government functions until Christmas.

The 'Prem Nivasa' provides shelter for abandoned children and unwedded pregnant mothers and places children for adoption according to the country's rules and regulations.

There are nearly 760 convents with 5040 sisters serving as Mother Teresa's Sisters all over the world and Sister Mary Eliza is the first one in the world to be imprisoned, the Catholic Church says.



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