Happy and relieved at the return of his two grandchildren from Norway after a prolonged legal battle, Monotosh Chakraborty, the kids' maternal grandfather, on Tuesday said he was happy that Norwegian laws will no longer be applicable to the children.
"I am happy and relieved. Norwegian law will not be able to restrain the parents from raising the children, and I hope our government will help us in this respect," Chakraborty, a resident of Birati in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district, said.
He added that he now hoped for a settlement of the marital discord between his daughter Sagarika and her husband Anurup. "Sagarika is happy on their return but is pained that her children are not with her. I hope that whatever dispute is there between the couple is settled quickly so that the kids can get love and care from both their parents," he said.
Sagarika posted a comment on a social networking site after the children landed in New Delhi. "I do not know how my children are but always pray to God that they should be well in future," she wrote, conveying her regards to the government and those who worked to bring the children back.
The children — Abhigyan and Aishwarya — will spend the night at a relative's house in Sinthee in the northern outskirts of Kolkata. Sources said they were expected to proceed to their father's ancestral house in Kulti in Burdwan on Wednesday.
Preparations are on in the Bhattacharya household in Kulti to receive the children. "We have AC rooms where the children can stay. After all, they were staying in a cold climate in Norway, while the temperature here has touched 40°C," said Binoy Bhattacharya, Anurup's uncle. The Bhattacharyas are also planning to teach the children their mother tongue.