New Delhi: As an Indian couple battles in Norway for the custody of their two children - taken away and sent to foster care by the Child Protective Services - External Affairs Minister SM Krishna is expected to speak to his counterpart in Norway today.|
Krishna had yesterday urged the Indian ambassador to speak to the Norwegian Foreign envoy demanding the kids be sent back to their parents. Mr Krishna has also urged the envoy to lodge an official protest.
In May last year, Anurup and Sagarika Bhattacharya lost custody of their toddlers - three-year-old Avigyan and one-year-old Aishwarya - after Norwegian authorities objected to them hand feeding the children, equating it to force feeding.
Norway's Child Protective Service took equal objection to the child sleeping in the same bed as the father, insisting the boy must have an independent bed. When contacted by NDTV, the head of Norway's Child Welfare Services denied the account of the parents.
"The Child Welfare Service has a responsibility to intervene if measures at the home are not sufficient to meet a child's needs. Examples are when there is every probability that the child's health or development may be seriously harmed because the parents are incapable of taking adequate responsibility for their child. The Norwegian Child Welfare Act applies to all children in Norway, regardless of the child's nationality, citizenship or cultural background," said Gunnar Toresen, Head of Child Welfare Services from Stavanger, Norway.
Norway's Child Protective Service is a powerful body charged with protecting the rights of children living in difficult family situations. But there are many reports of excesses.
"There has been a report in UN in 2005 which criticised Norway for taking too many children in public care. The amount was 12,500 children and Norway is a small country," said Svein Kjetil Lode Svendsen, a lawyer.
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