An Indian couple's fight with the Norwegian government appears to be coming to an end after authorities have agreed to handover the children to their uncle in Kolkata, India.
The couple's fight with the Norwegian authorities started eight months ago when their kids - a three-year-old son and one-year-old daughter - were taken away by the authorities because the parents were feeding them with their hands and slept with their kids in the same bed.
The Indian government Monday stepped up the diplomatic pressure on Norway for the return of the kids to their Oslo-based Indian parents.
External Affairs Minister S M Krishna Tuesday called up the Norwegian counterpart Jonas Gahr Store and asked him for the return of the kids to their parents, Anurup and Sagarika Bhattacharya, Deccan Herald reported.
The Norwegian government has positively responded to SM Krishna's request, but also pointed out that the matter was before a court in Norway. However, the Norwegian government will not oppose this and in return the uncle will have to give an undertaking that the children will get full medical care.
After my talks with the local embassy and with the Norwegian Foreign Minister, I have come to this conclusion that a reasonable settlement of this issue can be worked out. Our anxiety is it should be worked out at the earliest so that the children are brought back to the protective umbrella of their biological parents and grandparents, Krishna told reporters.
I don't think after my talks with my counterpart in Norway that taking into consideration the kind of relationship we have between the two Governments, it should be difficult for us to work out a settlement, said Krishna.
In May 2011, the kids were taken to a foster home by Norwegian Child Welfare Services, which claimed that the parents were not bringing the children up properly.
Earlier, the Indian embassy in Oslo also visited the foster home to meet the children and make sure that they were in a good health.