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Norway boy: India takes first step

THE ASIAN AGE.
Published : Dec 27, 2016, 5:33 am IST
Updated : Dec 27, 2016, 6:29 am IST

The Indian couple had first sought BJP leader Vijay Jolly’s help in getting back the custody of their child.

Five-year-old Aryan with his parents in Oslo. The boy was taken away from his parents by Norwegian authorities on a complaint of abuse. (Photo: PTI)
 Five-year-old Aryan with his parents in Oslo. The boy was taken away from his parents by Norwegian authorities on a complaint of abuse. (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: The Indian ambassador to Norway has sought a meeting with the head of the consular section in the Norwegian foreign ministry after the Indian woman, whose son has been taken away by the child welfare services there, sought the government’s intervention.

“Indian ambassador to Norway Debraj Pradhan has sought a meeting with the head of the consular section in the Norwegian foreign ministry,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said, adding that after the meeting the government will decide how to pursue the case. Ms Gurvinderjit Kaur and her husband, who is a Norwegian national, have alleged that authorities in that country have taken away their five-year-old son Aryan, also a Norwegian national, on a frivolous complaint of abuse. MEA officials said after the “formal request” by the Indian woman, the ministry was now “empowered” to pursue the matter with the Norwegian authorities. The Indian couple had first sought BJP leader Vijay Jolly’s help in getting back the custody of their child, after which he wrote to external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj who had said India will provide them help.

 

According to news agency reports, Jolly had also maintained that according to the mother, the child is being “daily served porridge and bread while he is fond of Indian food”.

In its response, the Norwegian Embassy here had asked for “restraint” in the case, assuring that it is being handled with “complete sensitivity and awareness”.

According to reports, this is the third case since 2011 when children have been taken away from their Indian-origin parents by the authorities in Norway on the grounds of abuse.

In 2011, a three-year-old and a one-year-old were separated from their parents, prompting the then UPA government to take up the issue with Norway. The Norwegian court later allowed the children to be reunited with their parents. In December 2012, an Indian couple was jailed on charges of ill treatment of their children, 7 and 2 years. Later, they were sent to their grandparents in Hyderabad.

 

Tags: norway, vikas swarup, sushma swaraj
Location: India, Delhi, New Delhi