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Indian Couple In Norway Have Their Children Taken Away For Feeding Them With Their Hands

Discussion in 'General political debates' started by grinding hault, Jan 19, 2012.

  1. grinding hault

    grinding haultExperienced Member Experienced member


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    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.

    Parents Anurup, right and his wife Sagarika Bhattacharya had their three-year-old son, pictured, and one-year-old daughter taken away
    Norwegian Child Protection Services removed the youngsters from their home in May, 2011, leaving their parents horrified with the outcome of the report.
    Father Anurup told Indian television channel NDTV: 'They told me ''why are you sleeping with the children in the same bed?'’.
    '(I told them) this is also a purely cultural issue. We never leave the children in another room and say goodnight to them.'

    Anurup added: 'Feeding a child with the hand is normal in Indian tradition and when the mother is feeding with a spoon there could be phases when she was overfeeding the child.
    'They said it was force feeding. These are basically cultural differences.'

    Authorities complained that Anurup, seen here with his son, should not have been sleeping in the same bed as his eldest child

    Their one-year-old daughter is currently staying with a separate family to her brother's temporary carers
    Mrs Bhattacharya said: 'My son was sleeping with my husband. They said he should sleep separately from your son.'
    The parents have been told that they can only see their children twice a year, for an hour during each visit until the kids turn 18 when they will no longer be bound by the current restrictions under current Norwegian law.
    Despite the Indian government's intervention, Norwegian officials are refusing to meet the request for any further explanation.

    Authorities complained that mother Sagarika should not have been feeding her children with her hands
    Norway's Child Protective Service has come under much scrutiny in the past for excessive behaviour in their handling of child cruelty.
    Lawyer Svein Kjetil Lode Svendsen said: 'There has been a report in UN in 2005 which criticized Norway for taking too many children in public care.
    'The amount was 12,500 children and Norway is a small country.'
    With the Bhattacharyas' visas set to expire in March, they have revealed that they will be forced to stay against their will until the return of their infants.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...away-children-Indian-couple-eating-hands.html
     

  2. ErlendFeite

    ErlendFeiteNew Member New Member


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    This article is based on false information. I live in Norway, and this incident did not occur, ever. Next time, check with norwegian newspapers. (I am not basing this only on the norwegian press)
     
  3. Caps

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    Evidence to the contrary? I can find plenty of versions of the article and many comments saying it's untrue but no evidence that it is untrue.
     
  4. grinding hault

    grinding haultExperienced Member Experienced member


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    Seems like kind of an elaborate thing for someone to just make up. I can't find anything that would lead me to believe that it didn't really occur. I don't live in norway though so your word is probably more credible than mine. Is it possible that the norwegian press just didn't cover it?
     
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  6. grinding hault

    grinding haultExperienced Member Experienced member


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    Yea I'm gonna go out on a limb and say its true.
     
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