Yet another Child custody story: NRI parents protest as Norway takes custody of child

The NRI media is focused on highlighting the plight of the Non-Resident family in Norway, where their 5-year old child was taken into custody in December 2016.

Here are a facts you should know

  • Indian governement is involved. Thanks to lobbying by the parents, India’s External Affairs minister has got involved
  • This is the Third case in 5 years: earlier examples
    • In 2011, a three-year-old and a one-year-old were separated from their parents, Sagarika and Anurup Bhattacharya. The then UPA government took up the issue with the Norwegian government. The Norwegian court later allowed the children to be reunited with their parents.
    • In December 2012, a court in Norway convicted an Indian couple in a child abuse case. Anupama Vallabhaneni was sent to jail for 15 months, and her husband, Chandrasekhar, got an 18-month prison term. The children, 7 and 2 years, were sent to their grandparents in Hyderabad.

Incidents like these makes one wonder if there is there is a fundamental social issue at play here – Indians going overseas are expected to live by local values and mores.?Disciplining children ?the “Indian” – spare the rod and spoil the child – way is a big no-no.


 

NRI couple in Norway lose custody of child, seeks Sushma Swaraj’s help: (Firstpost):? “A five-and-a-half-year-old boy was taken away from his NRI parents by Norwegian authorities on Wednesday, reports said. The officials accused the parents of beating the child. This is the third such incident in the past five years where a child was taken away by the Child Welfare Department of Norway.

NRI parents protest as Norway takes custody of child (Indian Express):?Speaking to The Indian Express, the father of the boy, Anil Kumar said that the authorities did not even give them prior information. The child, Aryan, was taken into custody on 13 December from his kindergarten school at 9.30 am. “They did not give us prior information. At 10 am, the same day, four policemen came to my house, took my wife into custody, and interrogated her from 11.15 am to 2.45 pm,” said Kumar.?Kumar, who is a citizen of Norway, moved to Oslo 26 years ago from Punjab and is a owner of an Indian restaurant. Speaking to CNN-News18, Aryan’s father said that the authorities had absolutely no evidence against them and that the authorities did not have summons to take Aryan.

Kumar and his wife met their son at the welfare home on Monday. ?He was wearing the same clothes and undergarments in which he had gone to school a week ago. He is not receiving proper care from the child welfare department. He hugged us and cried a lot? he is our only child?why would we torture him,? he said.

?He is an active child, and is very fussy about eating? He likes to eat Indian food? he is being given bread and porridge, and has not been eating well,? he said. ?I have never even raised my voice at him, how can I beat him up? His mother spent sleepless nights taking care of him as he is an asthma patient. How can we physically hurt our beloved son,? said Kumar.


 

 


 

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