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Custody row: India rushes special envoy to Oslo

PTI New Delhi | Updated on November 15, 2017 Published on February 27, 2012

Special envoy Madhusudhan Ganapathi has been rushed to Norway to convey India’s concerns in connection with the NRI children’s custody row and will meet the Norwegian Foreign Minister today.

Mr Ganapathi, Secretary (West), Ministry of External Affairs, has been tasked to once again take up the matter and convey the Government’s views on the issue to the Norwegian authorities, official sources said.

Mr Ganapathi is scheduled to meet Norwegian Foreign Minister, Mr Jonas Gahr Store, to convey India’s concerns over the matter involving one-year-old Aishwarya and three-year-old Abhigyan who were taken away by the child welfare officials in Norway in May last year and placed in foster care.

The children’s parents, NRI couple Sagarika and Anurup Bhattacharya, were accused of negligence by the Norwegian child welfare officials.

India has been exerting pressure on Norway to find an amicable solution to the problem.

India had said that it would make “all out” efforts to ensure early return of the two Indian children from Norway following attempts by authorities of that country to keep them in foster care after expiry of their visa next month.

“We will make all out efforts to achieve the goal of getting back the children to India where they belong,” the External Affairs Minister, Mr S.M. Krishna, had said recently.

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Published on February 27, 2012
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