Norway trauma has silenced kid

Norway trauma has silenced kid

Traumatised  by the prolonged detachment from parents and the taxing custody battle, Abhigyan, the four-year-old son of Sagarika and Anurup Bhattacharya, has stopped speaking.

NRI children Aishwarya and Abhigyan with family members after their arrival at Kolkata airport on Tuesday evening from Norway. PTI

He has been diagnosed with “attachment disorder” or speechlessness, marked by aberration of mood and behaviour. Today, Abhigyan seeks repose in the arms of his uncle Arunabhash Bhattacharya whom the Norwegian authorities granted his custody.

The toddler speaks no language, Bengali, English or Norwegian, despite living in foster care in Norway for about an year since May 11, 2011. “He has lost the ability to speak and gets petrified at seeing strangers or on hearing a loud noise,” Arunabhash, a dentist by profession, told Deccan Herald over phone.

Arunabhash further revealed that Abhigyan interacts only with him and his apprehensive of all others. He hardly speaks and communicates through gestures.

“Even when he needs to go to the toilet, he indicates it by lifting his shirt. He doesn’t like to stay behind closed doors,” he said. However, the doting uncle is obliging gladly. “I have already developed a deep bond with him,” Arunabhash added.

Analysing Abhigyan’s condition, experts said: “The behavioural changes arise out of a failure to form normal attachments with parents, or primary care giving persons in early childhood.”

“Conscience development is dependent upon brain development and it is followed by attachment. Therefore, children who suffer from attachment disorder lack pro-social values and morality as well as demonstrate aggressive, disruptive and antisocial behaviours,” said a psychiatrist. However, developmental paediatrician Anjan Bhattacharya, who is treating Abhigyan said: “Though the boy suffers from a severe attachment disorder and has developed self destructive behaviour, but with the treatment that was administered at the foster care home in Norway, he has shown remarkable improvement.”

Sagarika, Abhigyan’s mother, said that though he failed to recognise her at the first instance, Abhigyan could identify a lullaby She used to sing to him.

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