Norway: Indian couple appeals to Prez Patil for their Kids

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Pratibha Patil
New Delhi, Jan 21: With Norway authorities' insensitive act, Brinda Karat accompanied by the grandparents of the Indian Kids on Saturday met President Pratibha Patil.

The Indian government had expressed its dissension with the Norway authorities over the separation of two Indian kids from their parents claiming that they were not brought up well.

With the intervention of President Pratibha Patil, the Minister of External Affairs took up the matter with the Norway government.

The authorities had taken away the kids of a Kolkata couple - Anurup Bhattacharya and Sagarika last year on the grounds that the mother was not taking care of the children properly.

The authority took such drastic measure after they came to know that the couple fed their children with their hands and their Kids slept with them which annoyed the authority.

"My son was sleeping with my husband. They said he should sleep separately from your son," said Mrs Bhattacharya.

"Feeding a child with the hand is normal in Indian tradition and when the mother is feeding with a spoon there could be phases when she was overfeeding the child. They said it was force feeding. These are basically cultural differences," said Mr Bhattacharya.

Meanwhile, the Indian Embassy was allowed to meet the children. Norway's Child Protective Service is a body which works for the rights of the children who survive in a difficult family situations.

"There has been a report in UN in 2005 which criticized Norway for taking too many children in public care. The amount was 12,500 children and Norway is a small country," said Svein Kjetil Lode Svendsen, lawyer.

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