New Delhi: Norway’s childcare service took away children, a daughter and a son, of an NRI couple on the basis of incapability of the mother to raise them properly.

Barnevernet, childcare service, took away two-and-a-half-year-old Abhigyan and four-month-old Aishwarya on May 11this year, citing the mother being incapable of taking care of the children.

The children are now with two different foster care families, and the Bengali couple, Anurup and Sagarika Bhattacharya, is allowed to meet them only twice a year for an hour till the children turn 18.

The couple knocked Indian embassy’s door situated in Oslo. The Indian embassy discussed with the Norway government requesting them to look sympathetically into the case of an NRI couple. Embassy’s talks with the Oslo authorities failed as the latter denied in returning the children to the couple.

Anurup, who has been living in Norway for the past six years, married Sagarika in 2007 and both of them settled with their kids in Norway. The officers of childcare services visited the couple’s house at Stavangers city and accused them of not taking care their children properly and also violating the child rights by sleeping with the children in the same bed. And the officials Barnevernet took away the children.

After the children were taken away, the couple went to the local police station. "My wife's crying and shouting was taken as another instance of her being unstable and unfit to raise children," Anurup said.

The couple moved to the lower court. The lower court’s verdict was in their favour but they lost the case when the childcare services department appealed for sending the children to Barnevernet.

JPN/Bureau