New Delhi, Dec 27, 2016: India made a clear statement regarding the reunion of the five-and-a-half year old boy (who is custody of an Indo-Norwegian family) with his natural parents, ahead of its Ambassador’s meeting with authorities in Norway regarding the custody of the child.
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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj went very clear on her view while strictly mentioning that she refuses to accept the fact that foster parents can take better care of the child than natural parents, mentioned PTI.
“Our Ambassador in Norway is meeting the Norwegian authorities today regarding Aryan. I refuse to accept that foster parents can take better care of the child than the natural parents” Swaraj said in a series of tweets.
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“The foster parents are totally ignorant of the Indian culture and our food habits. We want restoration of Aryan to his natural parents,” she said.
An Indian national Gurvinderjit Kaur and her husband, a Norwegian national has complained that in a frivolous complaint of abuse the Norwegian authorities has taken away their son, who is also a Norwegian. She has also written to the Ministry seeking help in getting back her son, who has been taken away by the Norway Child Welfare Services.
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This is not a new phenomenon for Norwegian authorities, they have done this twice since 2011. Children were taken away from their Indian origin parents by the authorities in Norway on the grounds of abuse.
During the UPA regime, a three-year-old and an one-year-old were taken away from their parents by the Norwegian authorities. After taking up this issue with Norway the Norwegian court allowed the children to be reunited with their parents.
In December 2012, an Indian couple was jailed on charges of ill treatment of their children, 7 and 2 year old. Later, they were sent to their grandparents in Hyderabad.
– prepared by Saptaparni Goon of NewsGram. Twitter: @saptaparni_goon