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Kids` custody row: Norway looks for new solutions

Norway Friday said it was willing to look for "new solutions" in the interest of the two NRI kids kept in foster care.

Oslo: Norway Friday said it was willing to look for "new solutions" in the interest of the two NRI kids kept in foster care, a day after it expressed its inability to hand them over to their uncle in the wake of a "conflict" in the family which has now prepared a fresh custody agreement.

"Although today`s hearing was cancelled, this does not affect the child welfare`s willingness to look for new solutions," Thomas Bore Olsen, Communication Adviser in the
Municipality of Stavanger, where the kids are being kept in foster care, said.
His remarks follow reports of differences between Anurup and Sagarika Bhattacharya, parents of three-year-old Abhigyan and one-year-old Aishwarya who were taken away from the couple and put in foster care by Norwegian authorities in May last year on grounds of "emotional disconnect".

"It`s important to emphasise that we will now seek to clarify the next steps to be taken in this case in dialogue with the lawyer, the private parties and the Stavanger District Court," Olsen said.
Today`s court hearing, which was to decide whether the children should be handed over to their paternal uncle Arunabhash Bhattacharya, was cancelled after the Norwegian authorities became aware of a conflict in the family resulting in their changing of positions several times.

After a series of flip-flops, the parents and the uncle have prepared a new agreement for giving the custody of the kids to Arunabash.

They have got it attested by the Indian embassy here, officials said.


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