Norway husband accuses wife of mental problems

By: | Updated: 20 Mar 2012 09:21 AM


Kolkata: The
Norway child custody case involving an NRI couple which has already
sparked off a diplomatic row has taken a curious turn following the
husband and his parents alleging that the wife had "psychological
problems".

Anurup Bhattacharya, a geophysicist and the father of
two children Abhigyan, three, and Aishwarya, one, who were taken into care
by Norwegian social services, has accused his wife Sagarika of having
"psychological problem" and is mulling separation from her.

"Yes,
Anurup is mulling legal separation from his wife as she suffers from acute
schizophrenia. Last night (Monday) Sagarika attacked my son and badly
injured him. Since then, he has fled from her and is living elsewhere. She
has been attacking him for long," Anurup's father Ajay Bhattacharya said.

"Anurup
came to know about her mental disorder shortly after their marriage in
2007 and has been tolerating her bad behaviour ever since. But now he
cannot take it anymore. He had kept quiet till now to get back the custody
of his children," he added. He also said that the Norwegian child care
authorities are also aware about her illness as they had been observing
Sagarika for long.

The two children have been in foster care
since May last year after child welfare officials in Norway decided that
their parents were negligent. After the Indian government's intervention,
the authorities had agreed to recommend to a court in Norway on March 23
that the children be placed in the custody of their uncle Arunabhas
Bhattacharya.

Amid public outrage and protests by the opposition,
India last month had sent special envoy Madhusudhan Ganapathi, secretary
(West) in the external affairs ministry, to Norway to urge the authorities
to help facilitate an early return of the children to India.




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First Published: 20 Mar 2012 09:21 AM
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