New Delhi: The long tussle between India and Norway over the NRI child custody dispute seems to end soon as the Norwegian Child Welfare Service on Tuesday decided to award the custody of two children to the brother of their father enabling him to bring them back to India.

"The Child Welfare Service (CWS) in Norway completed its talks with the uncle in the child dispute case this week. It has been concluded that custody of the two children will be awarded to the brother of the children’s father. Their uncle will be able to take the kids back once all the legal process is completed," Norway embassy in New Delhi said in a press statement.

The proposed solution will be presented on March 23 before Stavanger District Court which will take the final decision in the case.

“The Child Welfare Service wants to ensure that the required legal and follow-up procedures are in place before so that the children’s interests can be catered in the best possible way and enable the uncle to deal with the situation,” CWS said.

NRI couple Anurup and Sagarika Bhattacharya’s children Abhigyan (3) and Aishwarya (1) were taken under protective care by a Norwegian Child Protective

Services, citing emotional detachment with the parents as the reason.  They were then placed in foster parental care following the directives of local Norwegian court.

In May 2011, Anurup and Sagarika lost custody of both their kids, after authorities objected hand-feeding the baby and sharing bed with the kids.

Ministry of External Affairs has been making efforts to impress upon the Norwegian authorities to find an amicable and urgent solution to the row with Minister S M Krishna assuring that the children would be brought home at any cost.

JPN/Bureau