Norwegian authorities seize Indian couple’s children for feeding them by hand

From the UK Daily Mail.


An Indian couple have had their children taken away by Norwegian social workers because they were feeding them with their hands and sleeping in the same bed as them.

Anurup and Sagarika Bhattacharya lost custody of their three-year-old son and one-year-old daughter eight months ago after authorities branded their behaviour inappropriate.

[…]Norwegian Child Protection Services removed the youngsters from their home in May, 2011, leaving their parents horrified with the outcome of the report.

Father Anurup told Indian television channel NDTV: ‘They told me ‘why are you sleeping with the children in the same bed?’.

‘(I told them) this is also a purely cultural issue. We never leave the children in another room and say goodnight to them.’

Anurup added: ‘Feeding a child with the hand is normal in Indian tradition and when the mother is feeding with a spoon there could be phases when she was overfeeding the child.

‘They said it was force feeding. These are basically cultural differences.’

[…]The parents have been told that they can only see their children twice a year, for an hour during each visit until the kids turn 18 when they will no longer be bound by the current restrictions under current Norwegian law.

Norway’s Child Protective Service has come under much scrutiny in the past for excessive behaviour in their handling of child cruelty.

Lawyer Svein Kjetil Lode Svendsen said: ‘There has been a report in UN in 2005 which criticized Norway for taking too many children in public care.

‘The amount was 12,500 children and Norway is a small country.’

With the Bhattacharyas’ visas set to expire in March, they have revealed that they will be forced to stay against their will until the return of their infants.

Norway is a welfare state with a big intrusive government and small citizens. But Norway isn’t the only European country that likes to seize children from their families.

This article about homeschooling in Sweden was just posted this week.


A leader of Sweden’s Liberal Party last week called for a change in the country’s social services law so that the government can take children away from home-schooling families more easily by allowing social workers to do so.

The call for the change comes amidst already stringent penalties in Sweden for home schooling. The Home School Legal Defense Association and Alliance Defense Fund have applied to the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of one family whose child was abducted by the government in 2009 and have filed a brief in a Swedish appellate court on behalf of another family fined an amount equivalent to $26,000 U.S..

Liberal Party politician Lotta Edholm called for the change to the country’s social services law in a Jan. 10 column in Aftonbladet, a prominent Swedish newspaper. Edholm then wrote on her blog: “Today I write with Ann-Katrin Aslund on Aftonbladet’s debate page that the social services law should be amended so that social services are able to intervene when children are kept away from school by their parents—often for religious or ideological reasons.”

This kind of thing happens all the time in Europe. It happens in GermanyIt happens in France. It happens in the UK. This is what secular leftists believe – that children are the property of the state, citizens of the world, and they should not be overly influenced by their parents. It’s the government’s job to decide what children will believe, not the parents. The parents are just there to work to pay the taxes for the public day cares, public schools and social workers.

10 thoughts on “Norwegian authorities seize Indian couple’s children for feeding them by hand”

  1. Social services has way too much power, as does the state. There is no way that they should be able to walk into any home and seize someone’s children. The police don’t even have that power. It has to be stopped and more power given back to parents.


  2. Norwaygian social services can go to India and get thousands of poor children who live in slums, really do not have food and parents to take care. At least they will do some good for needy ones instead of harassing both children and their parents to show their Nazi style power.


  3. Culture shapes lives, Europe is heading towards the heights of cultural insensitivity, it signifies degradation of human values, countries that welcome outsiders must be prepared to respect other cultures, concept of family and bearing children may mean different to different people, forcing someone to adhere to insensitive rules like this one is stupidity, shows the in application of mind and narrow mindedness of some societies! It is truly sad that expats suffer because of shortsightedness of the governments.


  4. I am appalled by this barbaric treatment of these people. The Norwegian social services are the ones who are abusing these children, not the parents. Taking them away from their loving parents is absolutely disgusting. Who are they to decide whose culture is correct and whose isn’t???

    These children must be crying constantly for their parents. They don’t understand why they can’t see them. They will be thinking that they are the ones who did something wrong. How is that in the best interest of the children???

    Someone needs to stand up to these people and get these children back to where they belong….. with their parents!! Maybe someone should step in and remove the children from the homes of the people responsible for this tragedy. Maybe then they’ll see their stupidity and understand just how much harm they’re doing to these four innocent people. My heart aches for them.

    Is that petition still open on the internet? Does anyone know where it can be signed?


  5. This is very non-tolerant of other cultures and undemocratic. Those pointing fingers at other cultures on ideological extremism should first look at themselves. No wonder, in the modern day, family ties and sacrifice for the family is apparently considered to be so low compared to Asian cultures…

    Who is to decide which culture is right, whether the spoon is more hygienic than a mother’s hand, whether closeness to parents does more harm than good?


  6. Its disgusting even to think what the Norwegian Govt and Social Workers are doing to the poor Indian couple.
    Its so ridiculous, even to hear the charges … feeding by hand.. and sleeping on the same bed..come on.. are you human or barbarian…. and this is 21st century.. dont know where this world is heading..


  7. This is disheartening, clear case of cultural misunderstanding. It is quite common in India to change diapers on bed, child sleeping with parents, eating food using fingers, etc. Such cultural insensitivity and intolerance is surprising while currently the world is a global village.

    Imagine Norwegian citizen visiting India on business or leisure trip and Indian authorities forcefully take away their children, how will they feel?

    I just hope God gives some brain and heart to the Norwegain authorities to understand the plight of Indian couple.


  8. Prime example of Leftist control freak mentality that is sweeping the globe. Europe is descending into tyranny for anyone who doesn’t obey the dictates of the ruling Leftist clique.


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