India intervenes in Norway child abuse row

India’s foreign minister on Tuesday urged Norway to return a five-year-old boy to his Indian-origin parents after authorities took the child into their custody over suspected abuse.

Sushma Swaraj said India’s ambassador would meet the Norwegian authorities later on Tuesday to discuss the case, promising to take a „firm stand”.


The two countries had a major falling out in 2011, when Norwegian welfare authorities removed two young Indian children from their parents.


„I refuse to accept that foster parents can take better care of the child than the natural parents,” tweeted Swaraj, who said she was intervening on behalf of the boy’s mother, an Indian national. The father and the child are believed to be Norwegian nationals.


„The foster parents are totally ignorant of Indian culture and our food habits. We want restoration of Aryan to his natural parents,” Swaraj said in the tweet.


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