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Controversies surrounding Norway’s child welfare service: Examining the criticisms and the impact of “Mrs. Chatterjee Vs Norway”

Controversy surrounds Norway's Child Welfare Service, Barnevernet, with allegations of prioritizing children's rights over parents, lacking transparency, and using an authoritarian approach to child protection. Recent cases have been brought before the European Court of Human Rights, claiming violations of the right to family life. The film "Mrs. Chatterjee Vs Norway" depicts a decade-old battle of an Indian couple fighting for custody of their children against the Norwegian government, reviving ongoing debates surrounding the role of child protection services in Norway and their adherence to international standards. The film's impact on India-Norway relations and Norway's child protection reputation remains to be seen.

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