NRI kids row Grandparents leaders protest

NRI kids row Grandparents leaders protest

By: || Updated: 27 Feb 2012 05:49 AM

Family members of the parents of two Indian children, who are
lodged in a foster home in Norway, along with leaders of political parties
on Monday launched a four-day protest demanding that the Norwegian
government send the kids back to India immediately.

Grandparents of the two children --Abhigyan and Aishwariya, their family
members, leader of opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, CPI(M) MP Brinda
Karat and CPI leader Annie Raja held a sit-in near the Norwegian embassy.

The leaders expressed solidarity with the family members and said they
would raise the issue when the Budget Session of Parliament convenes on
March 12.

"We want our children back home. This is our only demand. Their visas are
expiring on March 8. They should be brought back before that. We demand
that the Norwegian government should not delay the process and send our
children back soon," Manatosh Chakraborty, the grandfather of the kids,

Under an agreement arrived at last month following an eight month-long
custody row, three-year-old Abhigyan and his one-year-old sister Aishwarya
will be given to their uncle, Arunabhash, who lives in Kolkata.

However, the Norwegian Childcare Services had last week said it will take
a decision by early March on whether the custody of the children can be
awarded to their uncle.

Holding placards which read 'Norway Send the Children Home', the family
members were also joined by students of Springdales School in the capital.

Swaraj said everyone is doing the best to bring the children back to

"The entire country is with them, there is no politics. All parties and
every citizen are with them. We would try that before the Parliament
session they come here or we will raise the issue on the first day," she

Karat, who has been pursuing the case for the past few months, said the
visas of the two children should not be extended and demanded that they
should be sent back to India immediately.

"Parents' visas have been extended, but here the question is about the
children. Norway should send the children to their country. How can they
impose their laws on our children?" she asked.

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