Family still waiting for official word in kids' custody case

“We are following the news on television channels”

KOLKATA: Days after the news came in that it was only a matter of time before three-year-old Abhigyan and one-year-old Aishwarya, who were taken away from their parents and put into foster care by the Norwegian Childcare Services last year, are returned to the family, their grandparents are still awaiting official word on when they may be brought back.

“We have not been told anything by the Government yet. We are following the news on television channels. We are now being told that it may take two months for Abhigyan and Aishwarya to be returned to us,” children's maternal grandfather Monotosh Chakraborty said here on Sunday.

Legal battle

Anurup and Sagarika Bhattacharya have been fighting a legal battle with the Norwegian authorities for months now. After the intervention of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it was agreed that children's uncle Arunabhash Bhattacharya will be the primary care-giver of the two until they reach the age of 18.

The agreement was worked out among the Government of India through its mission in Norway, the Municipality of Stavenger, the Norwegian Child Welfare Services and Anurup and Sagarika Bhattacharya (parents of the children), who are represented by their lawyer.

However, the family is yet to hear from any Government official, Mr. Chakraborty said.

“We cannot decide what our next course of action will be. We are still waiting to hear from the authorities,” he added.

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