Indian custody dispute resolved

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A Norwegian court has formally resolved a bitter custody dispute over two children who’d been living in Stavanger with their parents from India. The children can now legally be placed in the care of an uncle in India.

The children, aged one and three, were placed in a foster home last year after Norway’s state child welfare agency (Barnevernet) decided they weren’t receiving proper care at home. The removal of the children from their parents received widespread media coverage in India, where the custody dispute was blamed on a conflict between Norwegian and Indian culture.

After months of angry claims and counterclaims, the children’s parents and Norway’s child welfare agency agreed that it would be best if the children went to live with their uncle. The city court in Stavanger approved the compromise on Monday.

Views and News staff