Dailybhaskar.com | Last Modified - Jan 25, 2012, 04:36 PM IST
New Delhi: After 7 months of custody battle, the Norwegian authorities have agreed to give the custody of Avigyan,3, and Aishwarya,1, to their father's brother Anurab Bhattacharya.
The Norwegian authorities signed an agreement with Anurup and Sagarika Bhattacharya, the parents of the children, and the Indian government on Wednesday.
The Norwegian Child Protective Services had separated the kids from their parents after discovering, during an inspection, that they were being fed by hand. That according to the Child Protective Services, was force feeding. Also, they shared bed with the parents, which was deemed unacceptable behaviour, as the boys are expected to have separate beds.
Barnevarne (Norwegian Child Welfare Services) claimed that the children showed emotional disconnect with parents.
Child Welfare had put the children in foster care as per the directives of the local Norwegian court. The couple has appealed against the court decision.
The Indian Ministry of External Affairs issued "strong" demarches to the Norwegian embassy here voicing concern that the circumstances prevailing in this case may not justify an extreme step like long-term separation from natural parents.