Anurup Bhattacharya, who is fighting the Norwegian child welfare services for the custody of his two children, has denied reports that he was divorcing his wife for her mental instability.
On Tuesday, Anurup's father Ajoy had claimed that the children's mother, Sagarika, was a schizophrenic and Anurup was planning to divorce her. In Kolkata, Sagarika's father denied she was suffering from any mental ailment.
Speaking to a television channel from Norway, Anurup said, "There might have been some unavoidable circumstances at home, but that does not mean that we are filing for separation or divorce. Whatever our differences are, we are united in our sole aim, which is to get the children back to India."
Abhigyan, 3, and Aishwarya, 1, the children of Anurup and Sagarika, NRIs living in Norway's Stavanger, were taken under protective care by Barnevarne (Norwegian child welfare services) last May on the ground that they were not being looked after properly by their parents.The parents of Sagarika denied that she was suffering from schizophrenia.
"Sagarika does not suffer from any psychological disorder," said her father Monotosh Chakroborty.
"At least the report of the doctor who examined my daughter stated this."
The question of divorce does not arise, he said. If there was any problem at all, it was due to the incredible stress the couple is going through.
"My daughter is against divorce," Manotosh said. "Perhaps Anurup is also against it, because earlier he had refused the Norwegian authority's offer to handover the kids to a single parent," said Chakraborty from his Birati residence.
(With agency inputs)