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Family discord follows NRI kids to India

Barely two days after he was brought back home after a year-long custody row in Norway, four-year-old Abhigyan Bhattacharya's new foster father, uncle Arunabhas Bhattacharya was making an appointment with a psychiatrist.

india Updated: Apr 27, 2012 00:35 IST
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Barely two days after he was brought back home after a year-long custody row in Norway, four-year-old Abhigyan Bhattacharya's new foster father, uncle Arunabhas Bhattacharya was making an appointment with a psychiatrist.

The child suffers from 'attachment disorder' marked by severe mood swings and other behavioural problems.

"He does not speak. We communicate in sign language. Abhigyan doesn't like to stay behind closed doors. He gets annoyed if anybody speaks loudly in front of him," said Arunabhas.

Abhigyan and his sister Aishwarya, 1, have been in foster care since May 11, 2011, when Norwegian authorities separated the siblings from their parents citing neglect. It later turned out that the children's problems were largely a result of the "marital dispute" between their parents Sagarika and Anurup Bhattacharya.

While Sagarika, returned to India soon after, Anurup, a geoscientist is still in Norway.

On April 23, a Norwegian court handed over the siblings to their paternal uncle, while the Indian government facilitated their return.

Family discord has, however, followed the children to India.

On Wednesday, when their mother Sagarika came visiting, Abhigyan refused to go near her, according to Arunabhas.

"After seeing them, and holding them after so many days, it is impossible for me to stay away from them," said Sagarika. "If Arunabhas gets married who will take care of my children?" she said.

"If Sagarika wants to live with the children, she is welcome in our home. But if she takes it as an ego trip and she and her family want to take the children in their custody, it would be unfortunate," said Bhattacharya.