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Norway Child Custody Row: Trauma ends, NRI kids arrive in India to a warm welcome

Stavanger (Norway)/New Delhi, Apr 24 (): A local court at Stavanger  handed over custody of 2 NRI children, 3-year-old Abhigyan and 1-year-old Aishwarya Bhattacharya to their Kolkata-based paternal uncle, Arunabhas Bhattacharya to fly them back to India to live with their extended family, thereby putting an end to almost a year-old family trauma.

The Child Welfare Services (CWS) of Norway, parents and uncle of the children had submitted a signed agreement in court stating that the stipulations for the care of the children in India have been satisfied.

Sources indicated that the court was thoroughly satisfied with the measures taken by the Indian government and hence consented to give back the young kids to their uncle, adding that it is best for them to grow up in their home country without any room for cultural deviations.

In response to the court‘s favourable judgement, the children’s father Anurup Bhattacharya said that he is finally relieved after one whole year of stress and trauma. He will however not be accompanying the children to India for now but expected to join later.

There were groups in Stavanger who could file for a stay order in the event of stopping the children’s return to their home country, India, sources said.

Over to New Delhi : The two NRI kids arrived here at the Indira Gandhi International Airport today and were received warmly by their grandparents and minister of state for external affairs Preneet Kaur.

Welcoming the children, external affairs minister S M Krishna thanked Norway for their release and an enlightened decision, saying the children belonged to India. He also firmly believed that their paternal uncle will adequately care for them in their extended family in Kolkata. “All is well that ends well,” said Mr Krishna.

The children are expected to join their extended family residence based in Kolkata either today or tomorrow.

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