Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Norway kids row father makes dramatic sensation

 
The Indian father whose children were taken into care by Norwegian authorities, sparking a diplomatic furore between the countries, has sensationally declared that the children’s mother was suffering from “psychological problems”.
Anurup Bhattacharya and his wife Sagarika, from the southern Norwegian town of Stavanger, had thus far insisted their children - aged three and one - had been taken away in May 2011 by Social Services for ‘cultural reasons’, including them sharing a bed with the father and using their fingers to eat.
The claims drew widespread outrage in the Indian media and prompted the country’s foreign minister S M Krishna to demand the children’s return to the parents or relatives.
Norwegian officials however denied the parents’ claims and said that confidentiality laws prevented the disclosure of details surrounding the case.
"It was not just cultural bias that prompted the CWS (child welfare services) to act” Mr Bhattacharya told The Hindu on Tuesday.  “My wife has a serious psychological problem."
He further said he had decided to speak out after a row with his wife in which she allegedly attacked him, and that he had "concealed the seriousness" of problems within his family.
Mr Bhattacharya is now reportedly seeking full custody of the children.
A final decision on the case is to be taken by a Stavanger court on 23 April.
- Reporting by Sid Dharshan/Edited by Vijitha Alles

Norway kids row father makes dramatic sensation

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