Norway decides not to release Indian kids

Norway decides not to release Indian kids

By: || Updated: 22 Mar 2012 11:01 AM


Oslo: Norwegian
authorities have said they cannot hand over two Indian kids in foster care
to their uncle because of reports of "conflicts" in the family.

A
court hearing planned for Friday to decide the fate of the children has
also been put off, the BBC reported on Thursday. New developments in the
case make it impossible to carry out the hearing in Stavenger district
court, scheduled for March 23, BBC quoted Stavenger City Council as
saying.

This followed media reports of "marital problems" between
the parents. Local social services say the parents failed to look after
their children. The parents deny this. The couple, Anurup and Sagarika
Bhattacharya, say "cultural differences" led to the situation.

On
Wednesday, Indian diplomats also put off a trip to Norway to monitor the
court case for the custody of the children. Three-year-old Abhigyan and
one-year-old Aishwariya Bhattacharya were put in foster care by the
Stavanger Child Welfare Service last May, after it felt they were at risk.

The
case has received a lot of media attention in India and caused anger. This
became a diplomatic issue between the two countries, with India saying the
children should be allowed to live in their own cultural and linguistic
environment.




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