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Family of Indian couple arrested over child abuse in Norway appeals for justice

Hyderabad/Ahmedabad, Dec 1 (ANI): Family members of the Indian couple arrested on the alleged charge of child abuse in Norway appealed to the authorities to impart fair and impartial justice in the case.

Software professional Chandrasekhar Vallabhaneni and his wife Anupama have been arrested by the Oslo Police on November 26 for alleged abuse of their seven-year-old son.

Chandrasekhar Vallabhaneni’s nephew, Shailendra, commenting on the issue, appealed to the Indian authorities to resolve the case at the earliest.

“We are trying to reach some of the senior authorities here. We are trying to take up this issue, we are trying to move this issue through the media and some of the authorities. We want an interaction between the embassies of India and Norway, to point out that there are a lot of cultural differences between India and Norway, and we request to maintain those ethics while giving a judgement on these people,” he told the media in Hyderabad.

Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman criticised the Ministry of External Affairs for inaction on the issue, and demanded that proper help and support should be extended to the troubled couple.

“What exactly has the Ministry of External Affairs done to establish and to make sure that the Norwegian authorities understand the Indian family virtues? And therefore, to be treated again in such a manner, which is again not in concurrence with what we feel should be the right of the parents to deal with their children. It is very worrying,” Sitharaman told the media in Ahmedabad.

“And therefore, the view that the Bharatiya Janata Party takes here is that the Ministry of External Affairs should be more actively engaged in helping the parents in putting forth the case of the parents and the fact that Indian value-systems and family, the worth of the family in bringing up the children should be explained to the Norwegian authorities just so that this kind of incident does not get repeated,” she added.

The Andhra Pradesh couple has reportedly been remanded in custody, to prevent them from evading prosecution by returning to India.

Chandrasekhar works with software giant TCS, which deputed him to Oslo 18 months ago to handle a project. He took his wife and two sons with him. His older son allegedly told his teachers that his parents had threatened to send him back to India.

This incident comes just a few months after another Indian couple in Norway, Anurup and Sagarika Bhattacharya, were involved in a prolonged custody battle with Norwegian authorities after their two children, Abhigyan and Aishwarya, were taken away by child welfare services in May last year. (ANI)