New Delhi: India expressed concerns over the move made by Norwegian authorities to extend the visas of two Indian children so that they could be retained in Norway even after their parents returned to India.

Indian authorities have said that the children enjoy protection of the Indian state and any request for Visa extension should be emanated from either parents or the Indian state.

The parents have been given diplomatic and legal help by the Indian Government.

“Ministry of External Affairs has shown serious concerns regarding the matter,” Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said.

Ministry of External Affairs has summoned the Norwegian Ambassador in this matter.

“The children are neither orphans nor stateless persons and they enjoy protection of the Indian state and any request for extension of Residence Permit on their behalf should emanate from either the parents or the Indian state,” Syed Akbaruddin said.

The Norwegian Government agencies were seeking to extend the visa of the two young Indian children who had been put in foster care by the Municipal Child Care Services in Stavanger, Norway.

Despite in principle understanding, Norway Government hasn’t handed over children to their parents.

Next month the visa of Indian couple Sagarika and Anurup Bhattacharya will expire and if the matter is not resolved they might have to leave back their two children Aishwarya (1 year) and Abhigyan (3 years) in Norway.

(JPN/Bureau)