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Norway court hands over Indian children to uncle

In a major breather for the Bhattacharya family, a Norwegian court yesterday decided to hand over the custody of two children, put under foster care due to troubles between their parents, to their uncle.

The Indian government is now making all arrangements to facilitate the Indian siblings’ — Abhigyan and Aishawarya — return to India. “It is expected that the children along with their uncle will return to India very shortly. The ministry of external affairs is making all necessary arrangements in this regard,” a sources said.

Last month, an alleged family dispute had dealt a setback to Indian government’s efforts in getting the children back with their parents, Anurup Bhattacharya and Sagarika Chakraborty, an NRI couple residing in Stavanger in Norway.

India has sought the early return of the children to India to enable them to be brought up in familiar surroundings under the loving care of their family, which was in their best long-term interests, the government had told parliament last month.
The kids were taken away from their parents by the child welfare services of the local municipality and placed under emergency foster care.

After the Indian government’s intervention, the authorities had agreed to recommend to a court in Norway on March 23 that the children be placed in the custody of their uncle Arunabhas Bhattacharya.

But that didn’t happen, as reports of marital discord between the parents surfaced.

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