Norway court to decide the fate of NRI couple today
Dailybhaskar.com | Dec 03, 2012, 08:32AM IST
Oslo: A Norway court will pronounce its verdict in the alleged child abuse case related to the Indian couple on Monday.
According to media reports, the prosecution has proposed a jail term of 15 and 18 months for Chandrashekar Vallabhaneni and his wife Anupama respectively for "gross repeated maltreatment" of their child.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of External Affairs has refused to interfere in the matter terming it as Norway's internal matter.
According to a statement by Oslo Police Department, the couple has been remanded in custody, as there is reason to fear that they will evade prosecution by returning to India.
"The couple have been charged with gross repeated maltreatment of their child/children by threats, violence or other wrong under section 219 of the Penal Code," Police Department said.
"The prosecution proposed a sentence of one year three months for the mother and one year six months for the father. The judgement in the case would be pronounced on Monday, December 3."
Chandrasekhar Vallabhaneni, a software professional from Andhra Pradesh, and his wife Anupama - an officer of the Indian embassy were taken into custody by the police in Oslo.
The police arrested Chandrasekhar after his 7-year-old child complained to his school teachers that his parents were threatening to send him back to India for his acts, Chandrasekhar's nephew V Sailender, who is in Hyderabad, claimed.
The boy was found wetting his pants in the school bus which was reported to his father, who in turn "threatened" the child that he would be sent back to India if he repeated that again, Sailender said, adding the boy was also found bringing toys from school.
The incident comes barely months after another row involving an Indian couple and their children.
Abhigyan (3) and Aishwarya (4) were taken away from their parents -- Anurup and Sagarika Bhattacharya -- by Norway's Child Welfare Society in May last year on grounds of "emotional disconnect".
(With PTI inputs)