“We must reject the ideology of the Western child welfare services that makes a split between the interest of the child on the on hand and the presence of parents and extended family in its life on the other.”
Suranya Aiyar surveys the principles and practices of Western child protection systems. Published in 2012 in Pravasi Today.
Suranya Aiyar writes: “The blanket confidentiality under which the Norwegian Child Welfare Service (CWS) operates is exceptional in family law and extraordinary for a public authority in a democracy……In the age of WikiLeaks, the Norwegian tolerance for a powerful public authority like the CWS deflecting inquiry by pointing to a confidentiality rule is strange.” Reflections on how confidentiality laws could be are shielding the mistakes and bias of the Norwegian child protection agency. Published in 2012 in the Hindustan Times.
On the removal of children from a Bengali family by Norway’s notorious child protection agency in the famous Bhattacharya Case of 2012, Suranya Aiyar writes; “those who speak of racism and cultural intolerance only skim the surface of what is happening here. The question to be asked is what grotesque conception of family, of babyhood, of motherhood is at work here?” Published in 2012 by Kafila.
Overview of the Norwegian child protection services in the context of the case an Indian family, the Bhattacharyas, whose children were taken into foster care. Published by Pravasi Today in 2012.