Custody row: NRI couple to meet kids in Norway
The Norwegian authorities had placed the kids (Three-year-old Abhigyan and one-year-old Aishwarya) under foster care in May, 2010 by alleging that the NRI couple had 'an emotional disconnect' with them.delhi Updated: Feb 17, 2012 13:47 IST
The Norwegian child welfare services has reportedly allowed the NRI couple Anurup and Sagarika Bhattacharya to meet their children in Norway on Friday, a TV report said.
The NRI couple will be seeing their children for the first time in last three months on Friday.
The Norwegian authorities had placed the kids (Three-year-old Abhigyan and one-year-old Aishwarya) under foster care in May, 2010 by alleging that the NRI couple had 'an emotional disconnect' with them.
The three-year-old Abhigyan and the one-year-old Aishwarya, children of Anurup and Sagarika Bhattacharya, an NRI couple living in Stavanger, Norway, were taken under protective care by Barnevarne (Norwegian Child Welfare Services) in May last year on grounds that they were not looked after properly by their parents.
Barnevarne had placed them in foster parental care as per the directive of the local Norwegian court, mandated under Norwegian laws.
The Norwegian authorities had, later, agreed to give the kids' custody to their uncle, but with the condition that the parents should stay back in Norway and visit India just twice or thrice a year.
An agreement was struck recently between India and Norway under which the parents named Anurup's brother Arunabhash Bhattacharya as the primary caretaker of the two children. Arunabhash is currently in Norway and is being looked after the Norwegian authorities.
India had also summoned Norwegian ambassador Ann Ollestad and pushed for an expeditious solution to the custody row involving two NRI children, who who were taken away by Norwegian Child Welfare Services, on grounds of emotional disconnect.
The Norwegian ambassador met Secretary (West) M Ganapathi, Syed Akbaruddin, the external affairs ministry's spokesperson, told reporters here.
The meeting took place a day after Communist Party of India-Marxist MP and politburo member Brinda Karat met External Affairs Minister SM Krishna and sought his government's intervention to enable an early return of two Indian children separated from their parents last year on the grounds of "emotional disconnect".
She had conveyed her concern over a statement attributed to a top Norwegian official that the children will not be sent to India before April.
In this context, official sources said the ministry had asked the envoy to expedite the process so as to end the ordeal of the parents and their two separated children.