Reunite Indian Family in Norway: Feeding Children by Hand is Not Abuse
  • Petitioned Ambassador Wegger Chr. Strommen

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Ambassador Wegger Chr. Strommen
Barnevernet
Norway Child Protective Services

Reunite Indian Family in Norway: Feeding Children by Hand is Not Abuse

    1. Petition by

      Hindu-American Foundation

Eight months ago, Norway’s Child Protective Services removed the children of Indian nationals, Anurup and Sagarika Bhattacharya, and placed them in foster care for feeding their children with their hands and letting the children sleep in the same bed as them. According to the court decision, the children - 3 year old Avigyan and 1 year old Aishwarya - are to be kept in foster care until they are 18, and their parents are permitted to visit them only twice a year for one hour each time.  The Bhattacharya's visa expires in March, but they will be forced to remain in Norway if they continue to be separated from their children.

Eating with one’s hands is a practice, not only found in India, but also in the West, and has absolutely no logical connection to a parent’s ability to effectively care for or raise his/her children. Similarly, allowing young infants to sleep in the same bed as their parents is common in both Indian and Western societies and is not a justification for removing children from their parents’ home.

This drastic measure by Child Protective Services and the court decision are unconscionable and unbecoming of a democratic society.  The latest report can be found by clicking here

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    • Irmgard Kronsbein-Bellchambers FRANKFURT, GERMANY
      • over 2 years ago

      Because the family is identity robbed because of the parents' good qualifications, the accusations are all false to detract from the identity theft.

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    • Claudia Copeland NEW ORLEANS, LA
      • over 2 years ago

      This is outrageous! We co-sleep with our children, and certainly have fed them with our hands (do Norwegians eat sandwiches with a knife and fork?); see Dr. Sears and all literature on attachment parenting that natural practices like this are GOOD for child development. To say that anyone who does not bring their children up to be uptight, suicidal Northern Europeans is a bad parent is crazy, but certainly, how can Norway have the authority to arrest these kids and not at the very least allow the family to leave and go to a warmer, more reasonable country?

      If this is not against international law, then the UN needs to consider a resolution to change that.

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    • Loshika Bulchandani MUMBAI, INDIA
      • over 2 years ago

      harsh, excessive and extreme treatment meted out...unbecoming of a democratic society..undoubtedly needs to be reversed.

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    • Suresh Rama EDISON, NJ
      • over 2 years ago

      Wow....a country that's so naive. That's the ultimate height of stupidty!

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    • S Acharya EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ
      • over 2 years ago

      If the parents don't feed by hand to kid. .. then it's inhumane.. I will like to be born other than human, if mom can not feed with her hand.

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