NRI custody row: Krishna asks for report

Last Updated: Mon, Sep 10, 2012 14:15 hrs

New Jersey/Kolkata/New Delhi, Sept 10 (IBNS): India's External Affairs Minister S M Krishna on Monday directed the Indian embassy in the United States to report on the fight by an Indian couple to get back the custody of their 11-month-old son.

American child service authorities in New Jersey have reportedly kept away an Indian child away from his parents, forcing the Bengali couple to appeal to the Indian government to help them.

Debasish Saha and Pamela Saha´s son Indrashish was admitted in a state-owned hospital with a head injury last month, reports said.

The boy was reportedly injured after he fell from the bed on August 9 at his New Jersey home.

Indrashish underwent a surgery in the hospital.

According to reports, his parents wanted to take him home after he recovered but troubles emerged when the child welfare services said the child´s family was not taking proper care of him.

The US child service authorities in New Jersey restricted the Indian couple´s access to their son.

"As per our explanation, the kid fell from the bed. I am in touch with the Indian High Commission. They said they will help me," Debasish told a national news channel.

"My appeal is that my kid is fine and fit to be discharged and I want the kid to be handed over to my relatives in India, not to someone whom I don´t know," he said.

The Bengali coupe hails from West Bengal and Debasish has been asked to appear before a US court on Friday, reports said.

Indrashish´s grandfather Nirmal Saha told media: "How can an 11-month-old child stay without the care of his parents with the care of a hospital nurse? It is not justified."

His grandmother Sonarani Saha urged the Indian government to intervene in the matter.

"I am appealing to the government to intervene in the matter and return my grandchild to me," she said.

Earlier, a Bengali couple´s children were taken away by Norway's childcare services last year for "not raising them properly" .

The couple from Kolkata, Anurup and Sagarika Bhattacharya, who were non resident Indian (NRI) citizens, had said that Norway's child protection service Barnevernet took away their two-and-a-half-year-old son Abhigyan and four-month-old daughter Aishwarya on May 11, last year.

The reason cited was that the parents were feeding the children with hands and making them sleep with them in the same bed.

After a long battle, the children finally returned to India earlier this year after a Norwegian court gave their custody to their paternal uncle Arunabhash Bhattacharya.

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