At last, the torture is over! The Indian Government did a good job. It really cared for its citizens, and is worthy of praise and great respect. Not many governments in the world do such things for their people.
A Year-long legal battle and diplomatic exchanges finally bore fruit as the two NRI children, kept in foster care by Norwegian authorities, reached the Indira Gandhi International Airport on Tuesday morning.
After nearly a year in foster care in Norway, two NRI toddlers, separated from their parents on grounds of negligence, arrived in India on April 24 to an emotional welcome following a prolonged custody battle and diplomatic pressure by India.
The children were taken away from their parents –Anurup and Sagarika Bhattacharya — by Norway’s Child Welfare Services in May last year on grounds of ’emotional disconnect’ and negligence. However, the parents of the children denied the charges saying it was a case of cultural misunderstanding.
Kaur, who received the children at the airport too expressed happiness. “The grandparents are very happy to see the kids. The family is relieved,” she said.
In Kolkata, a relieved grandfather of the children Monotosh Chakravorty thanked the government and media for their sustained efforts in ensuring their release.
“I have been waiting for this day. I have been fighting to see their return. And now actually that has happened..we are very much happy,” he said. The two children later headed for Kolkata.
The External Affairs Ministry had mounted diplomatic pressure on Norway to ensure return of the kids to India after the case received wide attention in the media. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had taken up the matter with his Norwegian counterpart during the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul last month.
Soon after the children returned to India, External Affairs Minister S.K. Krishna stated that he was “delighted to welcome” them back home.
“They belong to India. They are Indian nationals,” he said, expressing the confidence that their uncle “will take care of them in the environment of their extended family in India.”