NGO seeks permission to bring back kids from Norway
A Kolkata-based NGO has appealed to External Affairs Minister S M Krishna to assist it in bringing back to India the two children who are in the midst of a custody row in Norway.
Kolkata: A Kolkata-based NGO has appealed to External Affairs Minister S M Krishna to assist it in bringing back to India the two children who are in the midst of a custody row in Norway.
The NGO, India's Smile, which had earlier urged the government to bring back Abhigyan (3) and Aishwaraya (1), children of Anurup and Sagarika Bhattacharya, residing in Oslo, said it was willing to bear all expenses in bringing them up till they attained the age of 18.
Rajeev Sarkar , Secretary trustee of the NGO, told PTI that it was his organisation which had first alerted the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs about the plight of the two children in Oslo on 19 December, 2011.
He claimed that thereafter M K Pande, the Ministry's under secretary, had contacted him and informed him that the government would move in the matter under the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child.
The children were taken away by Norway's Stavanger Child Welfare Services last May on grounds of 'emotional disconnect' and put in foster care.
Should the Indian government have paused to understand the Norwegian system better before rushing in to support the Bhattacharyas?
The parents of the two children have signed an agreement asking for the custody of their children to be transferred to an uncle. The Norwegian child welfare services is still to reply to it.