Kolkata: The National Human Rights Commission has taken cognizance of a complaint by a Kolkata-based NGO about the child custody row in Norway and directed the Ministry of External Affairs to take appropriate action it deems fit, the NGO claimed on Monday.

The complaint, dated December 26, 2011, received from Rajeev Sarkar, Trustee secretary of the NGO "India Smile" in respect of Abhigyan, son of Anurup Bhattacharya, and others, was placed before the commission on December 9, 2012.

Quoting a communication by the law division of the NHRC, Sarkar told PTI that the commission has directed that the complaint be transmitted to the concerned authority for such action as it deems appropriate.

Sarkar said that he, on behalf of the NGO, had sent a complaint to the NHRC on January 26 last about the way two kids of Indian origin were taken away from their parents by a Norwegian child care centre on flimsy grounds.

''We informed the NHRC that it is most pathetic that a mother has been subjected to both physical and mental torture as a result of such inhuman act of the Norwegian child care centre,'' Sarkar said.

The NGO has already appealed to External Affair Minister S M Krishna to assist it in bringing back to India the two children who are in the midst of the custody row in Norway.

The NGO, which had earlier urged the government to bring back the two children Abhigyan (3) and Aishwaraya (1) from Oslo, said it was willing to bear all expenses in bringing them up till they attained the age of 18.