Many people here ask me why I moved to this island instead of going to “better countries”.
Well, first of all I don’t believe that those are “better countries”. They used to be during the last century but they aren’t any more.
Another reason is that I want to protect myself and my children from nightmares such as this:
An Indian couple have had their children taken away by Norwegian social workers because they were feeding them with their hands and sleeping in the same bed as them.
Anurup and Sagarika Bhattacharya lost custody of their three-year-old son and one-year-old daughter eight months ago after authorities branded their behaviour inappropriate.
The drastic measure led to intervention from the Indian government who contacted Norwegian authorities in an a desperate attempt to return the children.
Last May, Norway’s Child Protective Services took away Anurup and Sagarika Bhattacharya’s children, a three-year-old son and one-year-old daughter, and placed them in foster care.
The drastic measure was taken because, according to the child protective services, the couple were not bringing the children up properly. What did they do wrong? They fed the children with their hands and the infants slept in the same bed as the parents.
Iversen, a visiting scholar at Institute of Economic Growth here, said cases of children being taken away from their natural parents by the CWS were quite common. “We cannot have the Norwegian CWS handing out such sentences to innocent people. For a parent, separation from children can be devastating. Even if there is a problem with upbringing, I think the solution should be found together with the family. In Norway, we have got some of our institutions to be very wrong. CWS, for instance, is so powerful but in an arbitrary way. People, too, have blind faith in these institutions . We need an independent investigation and verdict in the matter,” he said.
The CWS has come to be regarded as a modern-day Inquisition that unilaterally faults parents for their rearing practices and sets them on the stake by placing children in foster care.
Norwegian social workers apparently with a complete lack of cultural understanding have ripped an Indian family apart by taking away a couple’s toddlers for the parents’ inappropriate behaviour, the Mail Online reported.
The parents’ inappropriate behaviour was reportedly ‘feeding their children with their hands’ and ‘sleeping in the same beds as the children’.
The children are one and three years old.
According to the article Anurup and Sagarika Bhattacharya lost custody of their children in May 2011 and despite intervention from the Indian government, who contacted Norwegian authorities in a desperate attempt to re-unite the family, the two children remain in the care of strangers.
The Bhattacharya family’s battle to get the custody of their children in Norway seems to be getting longer. The family was hoping that India’s special envoy’s presence in Norway will bring one-year-old Aishwarya and three-year-old Abhigyan to their parents Anurup and Sagarika Bhattacharya sooner. But that is not going to happen.
Norway is sticking to its earlier stand and everyone will have to wait for a court date of their choice.