A Norwegian court yesterday handed over the two NRI children in foster care to their paternal uncle, ending months of custody row that saw India stepping up diplomatic pressure on Norway to send back the children, taken away by authorities their last year.
Welcoming the children, External Affairs Minister SM Krishna thanked Norway for their release, saying the children belonged to India. "They belong to India. They are Indian nationals. I am confident that the uncle will take care of them in the environment of their extended family in India," he said.
"I thank the government of Norway and in particular the foreign minister for his constructive approach in resolving this humanitarian issue. I wish to congratulate the judicial system in Norway for taking such an enlightened decision. All is well that ends well," Krishna said.
The children were taken away from their parents --Anurup and Sagarika Bhattacharya -- by Norway's Child Welfare Agency in May last year on the grounds of "emotional disconnect".