India to send policy framework on child rights to Norway

Last Updated: Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 19:15

New Delhi: India will soon send "factual
documentation" of its policy framework pertaining to child
rights and welfare to Norwegian authorities, which had asked
for them following the NRI children custody row.

Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has already compiled
its response to the query of Norwegian authorities about laws
and policies dealing with children`s rights and their welfare
in the country, official sources said.

Ahead of the hearing case on March 23 in Norway, the
Norwegian authorities, which have decided to award the custody
of the two children--three-year-old Abhigyan and one-year-old
Aishwarya--to their father`s brother, had sought a response
from India about the laws by March 20.

"Factual documentation required by the Norwegian
authorities is being arranged with the assistance of
appropriate Indian ministries and organisations and will be
sent to Norway well in time for court hearing," the sources
said.

The two kids were taken away from their parents Anurup
and Sagarika Bhattacharya, an NRI couple living there, by
Barnevarne Norwegian CWS last May on the ground of "emotional
disconnect" and put in a foster home.

The MEA has been making huge efforts to impress upon the
Norwegian authorities to find an amicable and urgent solution
to the row with Minister S M Krishna assuring that the
children would be brought home at "any cost".

PTI



First Published: Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 19:14

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