NRI couple patch up, decide kids should go to uncle
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.
Anurup and Sagarika Bhattacharya, the NRI couple fighting to get custody of their children from the Norwegian child welfare services, today agreed to allow the authorities to hand them over to an uncle.
"The parents and uncle have agreed to give custody of the children to the uncle (Anurup's brother Arunabas). This agreement has been signed in the Indian embassy today," Svein Kjetil Lode Svendsen, legal counsel for the Bhattacharyas told Times Now.
"We will present this agreement to the child welfare services and hope that they have faith that this is the parent's wish and that they are together," he said.
The Bhattacharyas' custody battle for their children, three-year-old Abhigyan and one-year-old Aishwarya, was severely affected after a quarrel between the parents over the last weekend.
The father of the children, Anurup, had accused the mother of having psychological problems and had alleged he concealed it in order to get the children's custody. He subsequently retracted his statements.
The lawyer for the parents said that the child welfare services could take time to agree to the newly signed agreement.
"It will be presented to the child welfare services today. I believe the child welfare services want to take time and will not give us a response today," Svein Svendsen said.
The children have been in the custody of child welfare services since May 2011.
The couple were initially inclined to get the authorities to transfer the custody of the children to Anurup's brother until the quarrel between them. The court hearing on the custody of the children was scheduled for today but is presently indefinitely postponed.
The Indian government said it would not be sending an official to attend the court hearing in Norway on 23 March and while it would continue to view developments, it would not intervene for now.
India and Norway have expressed satisfaction that they have been able to resolve the custody battle for Abhigyan and Aishwarya Bhattacharya.
Relieved at the return of his two grandchildren from Norway after a prolonged legal battle, their maternal grandfather Monotosh Chakraborty said that now that they were in India, Norwegian laws would no longer apply to them.