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Indian couple charged in Norway child abuse case

Oslo, Dec 1 (): Norwegian authorities have charged an Indian couple in Norway with ‘gross/repeated maltreatment’ of their child by threats, violence and other wrong doing under section 219 of Norwegian law, reports say.

Chandrashekhar Vallabhaneni, a software professional from Andhra Pradesh and his wife Anupama, an officer at the Indian Embassy are the Norway-based Indian couple and they were arrested by Norway’s police on Monday for chiding their son.

The prosecution has reportedly proposed a sentence of 1 year and 6 months for the father and 1 year and 3 months for the mother of the child.

V. Sailender, nephew of Mr. Vallabhaneni and who lives in Hyderabad said his uncle was arrested after his 7-year-old son complained to his school teachers that his parents were threatening to send him back to India for his acts.

Vallabhaneni was reported that his son was found wetting his pants in the school bus and he in turn “threatened” the child that he would be sent back to India if he repeated that again, Sailender said. He also said the the boy was found bringing toys from school.

A judgment in the case is expected to be pronounced on December 3. Norway Police Department said, “Indian couple held in Norway for trying to discipline their son charged with gross repeated maltreatment of their child by threats, violence or other wrong.”

Mr Chandrasekhar’s sister and mother say they were informed by a colleague of his arrest. The authorities of Norway have not yet contacted Chandrasekhar’s family nor elaborated on the charges against the couple, they allege.

The couple’s friends in Norway have now filed an appeal in the court pleading that cultural differences between the two countries be considered and the children be reunited with their parents.

The couple originally hails from Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh and Mr Chandrasekhar was sent to Oslo by his company last year to handle a project. The family returned home in July this year.

Mr Chandrasekhar again left for Norway on November 23 for work. This time he went only with his wife leaving behind his both sons. A court in Oslo issued summons and later police arrested them.

The arrest of the couple has been made nine months after their seven-year-old child Sriram complained to his school teachers that his parents were threatening to send him back to India for wetting his pants.

Mr Chandrasekhar was expected to return from Norway on November 29, the day his visa was scheduled to expire.

Mr Chandrasekhar’s parents and other family members here were worried about the couple. They appealed to the state and the central government to intervene to seek their release.

A few months ago another Indian couple in Norway – Anurup and Sagarika Bhattacharya – were involved in a prolonged custody battle with Norwegian authorities after their two children were taken away by child welfare services in May last year.