Close on the heels of the Norway child custody row, a similar case has come to light in Sweden where an NRI woman has claimed that her son is being held in foster care on charges of neglect and sought help from Indian authorities.
Inspired by the recent release of Abhigyan and Aishwarya by a Norwegian civil court and their return to India in the custody of their uncle, NRI mother Annie Johansson has also sought the help of Anurup and Sagarika Bhattacharya for getting custody of her 11-year-old son Domenic from Swedish authorities.
Johansson's son is held by the Swedish Gotland Municipal Social Welfare Committee, said Kolkata-based NGO India's Smile, which has claimed to have brought to light the custody row over the two NRI children in Norway.
She has contacted the NGO from Visby in Sweden, Smile secretary-trustee Rajeev Sarkar said.
The NGO said the authorities of Gotland Municipal Social Welfare Committee had allegedly taken away her son in 2009 and placed him in an emergency foster home on the ground that the parents were not taking proper care of him.
The mother alleged that the Swedish authority, which had no idea of Indian culture and tradition, claimed that Domenic was not being reared suitably.
Annie, the NGO said, has sought aid from Indians and government to get back her son, and would like to return to India from Sweden once her son’s custody was restored to her.
Annie, a resident of Pune, married Christer Johansson in India on April 24, 2000. They continued to stay in India after marriage. Annie was pregnant with Domenic when there was a earthquake in 2001 and the family lost everything and decided to migrate back to Sweden.