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Updated: March 27, 2012 02:17 IST

Manmohan seeks “amicable” solution to Norway kids issue

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with his Norwegian counterpart Jens Stoltenberg during a bilateral meeting in Seoul on Monday.
PTI Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with his Norwegian counterpart Jens Stoltenberg during a bilateral meeting in Seoul on Monday.

In a brief meeting with his Norwegian counterpart on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit here on Monday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said he hoped for an “amicable” solution to the ongoing battle for custody of two Indian toddlers between their parents and family, on the one hand, and the Child Welfare Service in Stavanger, which has placed them in permanent foster care.

Indian officials said Dr. Singh told Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg that a “good” solution was needed, which would satisfy the law, and ensure the welfare of the children and the interest of their parents, Sagorika and Anurup Bhattacharya. “[Our] Prime Minister emphasised the deep sense of family values prevalent in India … and the feeling that parents are best equipped to take care of their children,” a senior Indian official quoted him as saying.

Mr. Stoltenberg, who actually raised the issue before the Indian side could get to it, told Dr. Singh that the Stavanger municipality is planning to take the next steps “in consultation with the district court and all parties concerned,” the official said.

Officials of the Ministry of External Affairs, which has taken some flak from the media following revelations about marital discord between the Bhattacharyas, told The Hindu that the Indian government could not wash its hand of the fate of the two children, who are Indian nationals, just because all was not well between the husband and the wife.

On his part, Mr. Stoltenberg raised the issue of the recent cancellation of 2G licences, which has hit Norwegian firm Telenor and its Indian arm, Uninor. Dr. Singh replied that there had been a judicial pronouncement in the matter.

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@ Mr Arild Holta:You avoided mentioning about the psychic ill health of the mother. The
mother was incapable of taking care of the children.You know, as well as the readers, if you
mentioned it , it would not contribute to your arguments.At the same time, neglecting that
fact, takes away the seriousness of your comments too.

from:  A.Kader
Posted on: Apr 2, 2012 at 00:26 IST

Norway is not interested in handing over the children. Child Welfare is looking to win the case. They win over 90% of all the cases!

Child Welfare diagnosis has no empirical evidence. The diagnosis or the "attachment theory" that child care use, against the mother, contains minimal empirical evidence.

It is a deliberate strategy to use a long time. Child Welfare will use attachment to the foster family as arguments against providing children back. They do not believe in biological ties or biological family. They believe that children can grow up with anyone, and still have the same prognosis. This ideology is of course proved wrong. Child Welfare is reading only the research that supports their ideas.

They have the power to do as they please. This power destroys their seriousness.

Mothers are naturally traumatized by losing their children. Here we have an isolated mother. A mother whose husband is against her. This is the child welfare tactics. They put parents against each other.

from:  Arild Holta
Posted on: Mar 28, 2012 at 17:06 IST

I think this is a sad tale especially for the two small kids who have not even seen the world. I am feeling sorry that their plight amidst this diplomatic drama is going un-noticed. Sure, we all know that this will be solved someday, but what of the kids who have suffered this trauma? Will they ever be themselves again?
Adults have a nasty habit of making big mistakes and make young one's pay for it. Now that this has been blown out of proportion India has no choice but to see this till the end and ensure at the least the kids return home and start life afresh. God help them.

from:  bharath
Posted on: Mar 27, 2012 at 10:45 IST

It's heartening to note that our PM found time to bring up the issue with Norwegian PM quoting 'Indian family values'. From when did 'domestic violence' and serious marital discord as already reported in this case by your and other papers become laudable 'family values'? Will the Indian PM take the same interest in cases where minor children(foreign citizens but of Indian origin parents) who are surreptitiously brought in to India and unlawfully detained by the mother(also a foreign citizen of Indian origin). In one case,the father has written to the PMO, MEA and Law. Except for the then Minister of Law who had the courtesy of acknowledging his letter, the others have not even extended this basic decency. Why is India not signing the "The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Parental Child Abduction" ? There are a number of cases where a spouse (usually the mother,a foreign citizen of India Origin) surreptitiously bring and unlawfully detain their minor children.

from:  John.Bach
Posted on: Mar 27, 2012 at 10:25 IST

Glad that our PM has knowledge of the Indian children being held by
Norway and even glad to hear that he brought up the issue.

from:  Nivedita
Posted on: Mar 27, 2012 at 03:20 IST
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