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Norway NRI kids suffer most in custody row

Jan 16, 2013 08:30 AM IST India India

Kolkata: While the custody battle continues for the Norway NRI couple Sagarika Bhattacharya and Anurup Bhattacharya, it's the children who are facing the most problems. Psychiatrists say the psychological trauma they're suffering is only getting worse.

Nine months after an agreement that sent the children back to India to their uncle, home is still a far cry. They are now locked in a bitter custody battle between their mother and their uncle. Already suffering from attachment disorder, the psychological trauma and anxiety for the young boy Abhigyaan is only getting worse.

"There already has been a huge impact on the children's psyche and now after being treated like a shuttle cock, it's terrible," said Anurup Bhattacharya, the father of the children. "We have consulted a psychiatrist and a paediatrician is also looking at him to help him," the children's mother, Sagarika, said.

Snatched away first from their parents and then their foster parents in Norway and then finally moved back to India with their uncle and now with their mother, these constant dislocations can trigger major anxiety.

Dr Abir Mukherjee, Head of Dept Psychiatry, Medica, said, "There is a dislocation from one country to another that itself can be a cause of a huge stress especially the circumstances that lead to it and then from one family to another. Three shifts in one or two years can have a huge impact."

As the long drawn legal battle continues in court the children are trying to cope with the constant dislocation and anxiety. The priority for all the families concerned has been now to ensure their psychological stability.