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Kolkata: The Child Welfare Committee (CWC) in West Bengal yesterday gave the custody of two NRI children, who were earlier under the care of Norwegian authorities, to their mother Sagarika, a member of the panel said.
However, Sagarika could not get the physical possession of her children due to a “slack administration” despite the Burdwan district CWC’s order.
“On the basis of the Juvenile Justice Act, a biological parent should be the first caregiver of a child. Since the father of the children is in Norway and has not visited them in the last six months, we order their custody be given to their mother Sagarika,” CWC chairperson Sikha Aditya said. Aditya blamed the Burdwan district administration for its failure to recover the custody of Abhigyan and Aishwarya, aged three and one, respectively, who are currently under the care of their uncle Arunabhash Bhattacharya. “The police have been totally uncooperative. In spite of the order, they did nothing to recover the custody of the children from Arunabhash and hand them over to Sagarika,” added Aditya. IANS