New Delhi, Feb 22 (ANI): The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Wednesday informed that Government of India has urged the Norwegian Government once again to expedite the process of return of the young children in view of the humanitarian dimension of the issue.
MEA official spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said it was underlined that India has strong legislative and institutional mechanism to protect the interests of children after their return to India.
"The Norwegian Government was urged once again to expedite the process of return of the young children to India in view of the humanitarian dimension of the issue. It was underlined that India has strong legislative and institutional mechanism to protect the interests of children after their return to India," he said in response to a question.
The MEA spokesperson further said the Government of India was made aware of the fact that the Norwegian authorities were seeking to extend the Residence Permits of the two young Indian children who have been put in foster care by the Municipal Child Care Services in Stavanger.
"The Government immediately conveyed its serious concerns regarding the manner in which this was done to the Norwegian Foreign Office, in Oslo as well as in New Delhi. It was pointed out that the children are neither orphans nor Stateless persons, and enjoy the protection of the Indian State and any request for extension of Residence Permit on their behalf should emanate from either the parents or the Indian State," said Akbaruddin.
Three-year-old Abhigyan and one-year-old Aishwarya have been placed under the care of two different foster families in Norway. The Norway authorities had said that the children were taken away as their parents, Sagarika and Anurup, were not taking proper care of them.
The parents, however, said the authorities took exception to cultural differences such as sleeping with the children and breastfeeding the daughter at scheduled times as opposed to when she cried. (ANI)
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