Improper Child-rearing?

This NDTV video (New Delhi Television) reports that a Norwegian government agency, Child Protective Services, took an Indian couple’s children into custody due to their inappropriate behavior: the parents hand fed their children and slept in the same bed as their children.

What do you make of this story? Is this truly a cultural difference and an excessive abuse of power, or is it clear that we are missing some key information?

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Comments (7 Comments)
  1. Bharvi

    Definitely a cultural difference. If you go to India, it is very common practice of what they are doing as parents. It is how they were brought up and how they know to raise a child.
    Stick to the case of abandonment and abuse to take a child away from their parents. Not when there is love.

  2. Jeff Olson

    Doesn’t surprise me. The social service agencies in Norway & Sweden commonly abuse their power. See for another example, this time of a homeschooling family in Sweden whose son has been taken away from them by social services.

  3. Dave

    Shame on you, Norway. These parents are not abusive, they are loving and nurturing. You are not saving a child, you are destroying a family.

  4. Shantanu

    Europian countries have shown several cultural insensitivities in the recent past. So this is quite expected. Besides, if it is their law it can’t be helped. Strange that the Indian Government has not taken this up strongly. A Government incapable of protecting the rights of its passport holders is no Government at all.

  5. Asha Chidanad

    I am living in India and i have 2 children. One is 6yrs and the other is 2 yrs old. I have fed my children with my hand and they sleep with me. This is the way i am still bringing up my children and this is how every child is brought up in India and our children know that this is the best way to reciprocate love….

  6. Stuart Agutter

    Astonishing! It’s not even necessarily a purely cultural issue. All children are different and so are their parents. Remembering my own time as a novice parent, we tried our best and did whatever was best in terms of feeding our babies and helping them to sleep. It was sometimes different to the things that other parents, with different children, did. In this situation I feel the parents were doing their best for their child, nobody was hurt – and what difference does it make to anyone if they care for their child in a different way to other people? To take a child from its parents because of this seems barbaric.

  7. Alan M. Solomon

    Cultural differences and sensitivity are hopefully part of any intervention into a child’s or a family’s life. When the issue is not clear-cut abuse, or neglect (which is often not so clear-cut), then cultural practices deserve respect. The real question is, “How is the child developing?” If that is being impacted negatively, then some intervention may be needed, but not in a knee-jerk, reflexive manner by a state-employed agent enforcing their own cultural perspective in an insensitive manner. As a psychologist with some years of experience, and many years of travel and cultural experiences, this report is troubling.

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