NRI couple in Norway lose custody of child, seeks Sushma Swaraj's help

Swaraj sought a report from Indian Ambassador in Norway on the allegations and later on informed that India will represent the case on behalf on the mother.

NRI couple in Norway lose custody of child, seeks Sushma Swaraj

In a bizarre incident, a five-and-a-half-year-old boy has been taken away from his NRI parents by Norwegian authorities on December 13 accusing them of child abuse.

Reportedly, this is the third such incident in the past five years where a child was taken away by the Child Welfare Department of Norway.

The Indian Express reported that the father of the boy, Anil Kumar said that the authorities did not even give them prior information. Aryan, the child was taken into custody on December 13 from his kindergarten school at 9.30 am. "They did not give us prior information. At 10 am, the same day, four policemen came to my house, took my wife into custody, and interrogated her from 11.15 am to 2.45 pm," said Kumar.


Kumar is a citizen of Norway, moved to Oslo 26 years ago from Punjab and is a owner of an Indian restaurant. He told 
CNN-News18
that the authorities had absolutely no evidence against them and that the authorities did not have summons to take Aryan.

"Aryan cannot sleep. He cries all the time and he misses us. Aryan's mother (Gurvinderjit Kaur) hasn't stopped crying. We have never hit him, there is no evidence against us," Kumar told the channel.

Kumar said that Aryan was sent to a children’s welfare home in Hamar, about 150 kilometres away from Oslo.

It is to be noted that Kumar is a Norwegian citizen and his wife holds an Indian passport. Therefore, they have appealed to the Indian government for help alleging that their son was taken away without any evidence and is suffering at a children's home under the custody of child welfare department. External Affair Minister Sushma Swaraj, on Thursday stepped in to help family.

Swaraj sought a report from Indian Ambassador in Norway on the allegations and later on informed that India will represent the case on behalf on the mother.

The parents also alleged that the authorities asked leading questions to the child. "How will a small kid know? The questions were leading. We have never hit our child," Kumar told News18.





"We met the child welfare officials twice, on December 14 and 16, and they haven’t been able to produce any evidence. They said they received a complaint from a person. We are not sure who registered this baseless complaint against us… By doing this, he or she has ruined our family life," Kumar was quoted as saying by
The Indian Express
.

In his letter to Indian Ambassador Debraj Pradhan, Jolly had raised concern on “forcible custody” of the boy Aryan by Child Welfare Department of Norway on “baseless and fabricated complaint” in Oslo on December 13. Jolly said he has received a call from a senior MEA official saying that help will be given to the Indian couple.

The Indian embassy in Norway confirmed to News18 that Indian ambassador Debraj Pradhan has already spoken to the child’s father. Quoting sources, the channel reported that Kumar has hired a lawyer to defend his family in court and "the ambassador will be meeting him again."

It is still not clear when the child would be returned to his parents. Government sources have indicated that the legal processes may take time.