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Norway Verdict on Indian couple held for scolding son

The Oslo District Court on Monday will give its verdict in the case relating to the Indian couple in Norway who were arrested for ‘gross or repeated maltreatment’ of their children.

Criminal charges were slapped against Chandrasekhar Vallabhaneni, a software professional from Andhra Pradesh, and his wife Anupama 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.

The couple has been charged under Section 219 of Norwegian law. The prosecution has reportedly proposed a sentence of 1 year and 3 months for the mother, and 1 year and 6 months for the father of the child.

The couple was remanded to custody over fear that they could evade prosecution by returning to India, a statement by Oslo Police Department had said.

Originally hailing from Krishna district in coastal Andhra, Chandrasekhar was sent to Oslo by his company last year to handle a project. The family returned home in July this year.

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.

Chandrasekhar’s parents and other family members have appealed to the state and the central government to intervene to seek their release.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy directed Chief Secretary Minni Mathew to get in touch with the officials of the Ministry of External Affairs to seek the release of the couple.

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