Minister for External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj, asked for a report from the Indian Ambassador in Norway about the allegations made by an Indian couple that the Norwegian authorities have taken away their five-year-old child. The couple said that the authorities took away their child ‘on frivolous complaint of abuse’.
Swaraj stepped in after the couple sought BJP leader Vijay Jolly’s help.
The Ministry of External affairs said that they had spoken to the father, Anil Kumar Sharma, who has also hired a lawyer to represent him in the case.
I have received the report. Father and son are Norwegian nationals. We will represent on request of the mother, who is an Indian national. https://t.co/zV6SIzpMpu
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) December 23, 2016
According to the Indian Express, this is the third case since 2011 in which Norwegian authorities have taken away a child because of abuse claims.
The first case was in 2011 when a three-year-old and a one-year-old were taken away from their parents. After the UPA government stepped in, the children were reunited with their parents.
In 2012, Norwegian authorities imprisoned an Indian couple for ill treating their young children, who were sent to live with their grandparents in Hyderabad.
“The Embassy became aware of this case yesterday evening. We have asked the relevant authorities in Norway to provide us with further information, and are awaiting their response.” said the Norwegian Embassy’s spokesperson.
Swaraj is known for personally helping many distressed citizens, and uses her Twitter account to help and contact those in need.
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