Oslo: Norwegian social services, slammed for
taking two Indian children from their parents in what has
become a diplomatic row, said on Friday they were considering
placing them in the care of an uncle in India.
"The family has proposed that the father`s brother should
take over custody," read a statement from the municipality of
Stavanger, in southwestern Norway, where the family lives.
"The Child Welfare Services in Stavanger are positive to
considering the possibility of a placement within the
biological family network in India," the statement added.
The case has attracted a lot of attention and emotion in
India and took on a diplomatic dimension Monday when Indian
Foreign Minister SM Krishna demanded that Norway "find an
amicable and urgent solution to ensure that the children are
returned to the biological parents".
Norwegian residents Anurup and Sagarika Bhattacharya lost
custody of three-year-old Avigyan and one-year-old Aishwarya
after the child welfare services deemed that the children were
not receiving proper care.
On Indian television, the parents claimed that the child
services objected to their feeding the children by hand and
sharing the same bed -- common practices in India where they
are seen as part of the bonding between mother and child.
The children were placed in foster care eight months ago.
The Child Welfare Services have refused to say why the
children were removed, citing confidentiality, but have said
such moves are made only in situations that endanger the child
or where the child`s needs are not sufficiently met.
While the two sides now appear close to reaching an
agreement, it will at the end of the day be up to the
Norwegian judiciary, which ruled the children should be
removed from their parents in the first place, to reach the