For several years Prabir Ghosh, general secretary of the Indian Rationalist and Scientific Thinking Association, has challenged Hindu "godmen" and exposed their miracles as what he describes as cheap hypnotic tricks better performed by magicians. Now he is challenging the claim of the Missionaries of charity, who say a photograph of their founder, Mother Teresa, when placed over the stomach of 30-year-old Monica Besra, cured her of a tumour.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Deposition submitted by Aroup Chatterjee before the committee for beatification/canonization of Mother Teresa: "Mother of All Myths"
Deposition: “Mother of All Myths”
Thursday, April 1, 2010
An investigation at one of the order’s homes in Kolkata by an undercover investigator, who was working there as a volunteer, uncovers more troubling details. He filmed children being fed while their hands bound with what appeared to be strips of cloth. When the undercover worker returned to the home at night, he found children bound to their cots with similar strips, which prevented them from moving more than 2 feet.
|Published Date: 30 Jul, 2005|
Disabled Children Tied,Tethered To Cots, Finds Undercover Investigator
Kolkata, jul 31: An undercover investigation has revealed poor conditions endured by children in a Kolkata care home run by Missionaries of Charity, the order founded by Mother Teresa.
Around 50 disabled children, aged six months to 12 years, in the home have their hands bound during meal times and are tethered to their cots at night.
Martin Gallagher, a former operations director of MENCAP, said last week that it was unacceptable for the children to be tied up. “It’s a breach of their human rights,” he said.
Since Mother Teresa’s death in 1997, her charitable order has continued with her work. It has more than 700 centres in 133 countries. Even when Mother Teresa was alive, the standards at some of her homes were criticised. Some workers complained of dirty conditions and claimed children suffered neglect.
A new investigation at one of the order’s homes in Kolkata, called Daya Dan, has raised fresh concerns. An undercover investigator, who was working there as a volunteer, filmed children being fed while their hands bound with what appeared to be strips of cloth.
When the undercover worker returned to the home at night, he found children bound to their cots with similar strips, which prevented them from moving more than 2 feet.
He also filmed children being left unattended in the toilet, at times for up to 20 minutes. Staff seemed to be poorly trained in dealing with disabled children.
When questioned about why the children were tied to their beds, a nun in the order said: “It’s a terrible thing to do, but there might be a reason. I’ve not been to that home and not heard anything about that at all.”
Donal MacIntyre, who conducted the investigation for Five News, said he was shocked by what he had found.
“There are strategies for looking after disabled children that minimise stressful situations,” he said, “but, as a result of poor training and lack of resources, staff are resorting to shocking practices.
“Unless the Missionaries of Charity improve their standards, they risk damaging not only the health of those in their care but also the reputation of one of the world’s most remarkable women.” Sister Nirmala Joshi, now superior general of the order, was not available for comments.
Yes, they are tied: Sister
The Times of India India's leading news paper, independently confirmed the story. Sister Nirmala, superior-general of the Missionaries of Charity, was abroad. In her absence, Mother House spokesperson Sister Christie responded to the queries. She confirmed: “Daya Dan has 59 children. Of them some are spastics. These children are tied up, but for limited periods only. This is done for their safety. These children can easily harm themselves.’’
Monday, March 1, 2010
I received the following email today, it is regarding my work and investigative report of Mother Teresa's international charity which is fraught with medical negligence and financial fraud. I usually don't get a lot of these, but I was not going to just ignore this one. Take a look at the message sent to me and my response to this individual:
Sent: Tue, Jan 11, 2011 3:34 am
Subject: New Contact Message
I am outraged. You do not have any say in how the Missionaries of Charity operate, especially when some of your photographs of India's "poorest of the poor" are being SOLD to fund your own personal life as an "independent artist". Disgusting. Have you ever even cleaned and bandaged a wound with maggots crawling in it? Have you ever changed a woman who is on her period and blood is all over her clothing? Have you ever been defecated on?? Think of it. And then think of Indian life. You just don't get it do you. Try a little humility and empathy before you LASH OUT and try to make a buck. OH, also try taking care of the poor for more than 2 months.
Try READING more about me before lashing out ignorantly.
I currently live in Kolkata, I work in the slums everyday with the poorest of the poor, I make seriously little money through my photos, I've managed to save some money by working hard for a while back at home before returning to India to positively change the lives of people in serious need. Here's the link to my own charity: http://www.facebook.
I've cleaned blood, mucus, I've been defecated on by the destitute of India, picked live maggots out of wounds for hours and cremated more than a dozen men and women while working with the incredibly archaic and often inefficient Missionaries of Charity. Damn right I have a right to question how these monsters operate and shame on you for blindly adoring these nuns and thinking you are actually doing something good by keeping your mouth shut.
I usually don't answer stupid mail such as yours, don't get a lot if anyway, but you actually epitomize a big part of the problem, the volunteer who continues to glorify this fraudulent and outdated organization, while actually hurting those they claim to help by keeping them in these museums of poverty.
If you want to truly make a difference, start by demanding that the Missionaries of Charity report every single dollar they have received in donations until today and how all the funds have really been applied, if they do so, the world will discover they've been quite busy propagating their religious dogma while "patching" some of the issues of poverty instead of looking for viable solutions to END poverty with the millions and millions of dollars received from their unsuspecting donors.
Again, READ. You will discover hundreds of links from reporters, volunteers, journalists, some doctors, nurses and even nuns who themselves have left what is essentially a cult.
The monumental negligence of this organization is in fact impossible to ignore.
STOP The Missionaries of Charity
Monday, February 1, 2010
Neurologist, Dr Franco, worked as a volunteer at Deepashram, established by Mother Teresa in 1995, for six months and complained to the Vatican Embassy about sexual abuse of children at the home, citing that it was “common” for the older boys to sodomize the younger boys at night when no one was on guard. Attendants dismissed the allegation and no further action was taken by the Vatican.
Neurologist: Sodomy "Common" in Mother Teresa's Orphanage
Posted August 25, 2005
Sanjeev K Ahuja
Gurgaon, August 23, 2005
The Deepashram orphanage at Gurgaon - for mentally and physically challenged children - has found itself in a controversy after an Italian neurologist complained to the Vatican Embassy about sexual abuse of children at the home.
The neurologist, Dr Franco, had worked as a volunteer at Deepashram, established by Mother Teresa in 1995, for six months a couple of years ago. Brothers Contemplative - the male wing of Missionaries of Charity - manages the home, which has 66 boys aged between 12 and 26.
Franco registered his complaint at the Apostolic Nunciature, Chanakyapuri. Second secretary of the Apostolic Nunciature, Father Tomasz Grysa, said they received the "communication from Dr Franco" in February this year. The case has been referred to the hierarchical superiors of the Missionaries of Charity Brothers, Father Grysa said.
At the orphanage, volunteers did not rule out the possibility of sexual abuse of younger inmates by the older ones. Brother Benedict, a volunteer from Rome, said: "If any case of this kind is reported to us, the guilty boys are punished."
Abdullah, a 15-year-old inmate, said it was "common" for the older boys to sodomise the younger boys at night when no one was on guard. He accused a 24-year-old of sodomising a 12-year-old. "Bahut se bachche yahan par ganda kaam karte hain," he said.
Brother Benedict and attendants dismissed the allegation. Abdullah was shifted from the children's home at Majnu Ka Tila to Gurgaon as he was a troublemaker, Brother Benedict said.
Another volunteer at the orphanage, Dr Wanda Toso from San Raffele Hospital in Milan, told HT that Franco had also told her about child abuse at Deepashram. She, however, did not have any personal confirmation from the boys as she did not speak Hindi.
"I have not been able to interact with the children," Toso said.
Friday, January 1, 2010
A 1991 audit of the UK operation revealed that only 7% of the total income of about $2.6USD million went into charity work. The rest was remitted to the Vatican Bank. And this audit was just for ONE year in only ONE country; this organization is 61 years old as of today with 700+ houses in 100+ countries.
Regarding the financial matters of the Missionaries of Charity, in an interview, when asked how much money they have received in donations, the head nun of the organization a the time condescendingly replied: "Countless, countless, only god knows"