Indian family, Norway in custody row

2012-02-27 15:00
Maternal grandmother Sikha Bhakraborty holds up portraits of her two grandchildren currently under the care of Norwegian social workers, during a demonstration attended by other relatives and family friends in New Delhi. (Sajjad Hussain, AFP)

Maternal grandmother Sikha Bhakraborty holds up portraits of her two grandchildren currently under the care of Norwegian social workers, during a demonstration attended by other relatives and family friends in New Delhi. (Sajjad Hussain, AFP)

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New Delhi - The grandparents of two Indian children taken into protective care by Norwegian social workers staged a protest in New Delhi on Monday to demand the children's immediate return to their parents.

"The children are Indian citizens. Norway has no right to keep the children in foster care," the toddlers' grandfather Monotosh Chakraborty said outside the Norwegian embassy where he and other relatives began a four-day protest.

The case has stirred emotions in India and took on a diplomatic dimension last month when Indian Foreign Minister SM Krishna demanded that Norway "find an amicable and urgent solution".

India on Monday sent a special envoy to Oslo to meet the Norwegian foreign minister and other officials to discuss the case.

The two children, aged three and one, were removed from their parents in May last year by the Norway's Child Protection Services (CPS) which deemed they were not receiving proper care at home in the southwestern town of Stavanger.

The parents, Norwegian residents Anurup and Sagarika Bhattacharya, have rejected the allegation and are fighting to return to India with their children.

No lessons needed

The Indian government has told Norway that the children are being deprived of the benefits of being brought up in their own cultural and linguistic environment and should return to India as soon as possible

The grandparents said they were hoping for a final decision in early March.

"We want our children back and we need no lessons from Norway on how to raise children," Chakraborty said.

"We just have one plea: Norway send our children home," he added.

On February 17, the Norwegian authorities allowed the parents to see their children for the first time in three months.

The welfare services have refused to detail why the children were removed, citing confidentiality, but have said such moves are made only in situations that endanger the child or where the child's needs are not sufficiently met.

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