When Preet Mandir 'kidnapped' a baby IBN LIVE (2006) 

Goa: After CNN-IBN exposed Preet Mandir's operations in Goa, the state government has cancelled their license to run the adoption centre.

But the cancellation alone cannot undo the ordeal of a 16-year-old unwed mother Lakshmi (name changed to protect identity) whose baby Preet Mandir forcibly attempted to take.


The boy she had been in love with and whose baby she was carrying, refused to marry her.

To escape social ostracism, Lakshmi decided to leave her village in Davangiri in central Karnataka and come to Goa to deliver the child.

Little did she know she had arrived at the newest base of the baby snatchers.

Her child was only 15 days old when a woman called Celsa Antao, an alleged agent of Preet Mandir, persuaded her into coming and staying here. That was when the trouble started.

"In Preet Mandir they wouldn't let me feed the child or even touch her. They even made me sign some papers and asked me to leave,” Lakshmi said.

However, Antao woman has a different story.


"My social workers in the field told me about this girl who as about to throw the child into the dustbin . That is why we sent her to Preet Mandir," Antao said.

Documents available with CNN-IBN revela how Lakshmi's baby was stolen:

Lakshmi's age was fudged and she was shown as a major.
She was then sent to Preet mandir with a recommendation for adoption
There she was made to sign adoption acceptance papers.
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