29.1.12 | Post by Abhisek
Have you heard about norway controversy? Something like Norway splits Indian family ?
Here is a small gist
Norway child protection authorities took away kids of Anurup Bhattacharya and his wife Sagarika.It all happened when the day care owner where their son Abhigyan(2.5 years) used to go, reported to child protection agencies that he displayed autistic tendencies.
Child protection agencies in Norway are way too interfering and paid special visits at their home.They declared that both the parents were unfit parents and forcibly took away not just Abhigyan but their 4 month old daughter Aishwarya who was still breast feeding.
Reason: They felt there was an emotional disconnect between mother and daughter
They did not cite any other reasons, but the reasons that the parents were told are as follows
- Baby was being fed by hand
- Dipers were changed on bed
- She was forcing the child to eat
- Baby slept with the mother on bed
- Abhigyan did not have his own room
- While breast feeding,she was not holding the baby correctly
They even declared the next kin, parents of Anurup unfit parents and sent the kids to foster homes, not together but to different foster home.
Thanks to media support and extensive brickbats on social media sites like twitter,this matter gained a lot of notoriety and President of india had to intervene.
Sadly i do try to see the other side of the story but can't , I dont get it . Here are the questions i want to ask
1. Under what LAW is it ok to separate a breast feeding baby from their mother. Not just being plain cruel, its medically bad for the kid.
2. Under what law do you think a foster parent is better than a real parent? Were they abusing their children?
3.If you dont like the way they were raising their kids, did you try to train them?Did you spend any time educating the mother about best practices.
4.If even parents of Anurup were unfit for raising a kid, dont you think you should look at Anurup. Did he not turn out just fine? Fine enough to be hired as a geophysicist by your countries company? isn't that a bit ironical.
5. Separating kids from parents is almost always bad for kids unless there is any abuse involved. Blood relation is scientifically proven fact, a baby knows the hands of mother and father and separation can be traumatic. Are you telling me this trauma was OK but what she was doing was not?
6.Another point, under what circumstances is it ok to even split brothers and sisters because you found parents unfit. Why did you punish the kids?
I want to seriously know how Foster home is better? They might follow all the rules but will they give the love? You forcibly took away the kids and you claim it as child protection?
I am sorry, that looks more like child abduction.
What if you are forced to feed kids by hand in India? Are you OK with that?
Read this satirical article, what if it comes true?
Norway has not given any official answers claiming confidentiality, but still I request them, please tell us
Why did you take the kids away. I hope there is another side to the coin.
As per recent news, Anurup's brother will be given custody of chidren and he will be the primary care giver while the parents will have the visitation rights. I am not clear on these visitation rights, in foster homes the parents were allowed to meet the kids 2 times a year for 1 hour each.I cant even start imagining how broken the parents would have been.
Conclusion: There are two aspects of this Rule of law and spirit of law, I strongly believe Norway followed the rule but forgot the spirit.
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