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Norway Authorities Take Custody Of Child, Accuse NRI Parents Of Beating Him Up

The father, Anil Kumar, claimed the child was interrogated for one-and-half hours and he was shown a video.

22/12/2016 8:22 AM IST | Updated 22/12/2016 9:08 AM IST
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Protests in 2012 in front of the Norway Embassy in New Delhi.

Norway authorities have taken custody of a 5-year-old child from his NRI parents and have accused them of beating him up.

The father of the boy Anil Kumar told The Indian Express from Oslo, "The Child Welfare Department of Norway took custody of my five-and-a-half-year-old son on December 13, at 9:30 am, from his kindergarten school. 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."

Kumar claimed that the child was interrogated for one-and-half hours and he was shown a video. He claims that the child first denied being beaten up, then the police took him to another room after which the child agreed to being beaten up.

VIce-president of the Overseas Friends of the BJP in Oslo, and he and his wife Gurvinderjit Kaur have approached leaders of the party back home.

The Indian Express report said that Kumar claimed the child has been put in a home in Hamar, 150 kms away from Oslo.

This is the third time Norway authorities have taken children away from NRI parents claiming abuse at home.

Earlier in December 2012, Chandrashekhar and Anupama Vallabhaneni were convicted by a Norway court on the charges beating their seven-year-old son Sai Sriram with a belt and inflicting burn injuries on his body.

In 2011, two NRI children, one-year-old and three-years-old, were taken away from their parents Sagarika and Anurup Bhattacharya and kept in a foster home for about a year. The authorities had taken the children away out of "fear of possible violence against the children and lack of adequate parental care." However the children were later returned to the parents.

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