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Norway child row: Court to decide the fate of Andhra couple on Monday

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Dec 03, 2012 at 11:45am IST

Oslo: Verdict in the case of the Indian couple, which was arrested last week in Norway for reprimanding its seven-year-old son for wetting his pant, is likely to be pronounced by a court in Oslo on Monday. The couple is in custody and the prosecution has asked for 15 months jail term for the mother and 18 months for the father.

The parents were charged with "gross repeated maltreatment of their child by threats, violence or other wrong". The family of the couple in Andhra Pradesh, however, has said that the charges are "false" and have urged the Indian government to intervene into the matter.

The Ministry of External had stepped in the matter by asking the consular officer in Norway to offer all help to the couple. An official from the Indian Embassy in Oslo had also met the father on Friday. But later the government distanced itself from the case saying it cannot intervene in the legal matters of Norway. Sources in government also indicated that there could be more to the case and that there could be wrongdoing on the part of the parents. Sources said that the Ministry of External Affairs would not disclose details to protect the child.

According to the information with the Indian Embassy in Oslo, Chandrashekar Vallabhaneni, a software professional from Andhra Pradesh, and his wife Anupama were taken into custody by the police in Oslo on November 26. The police arrested Chandrasekhar, a TCS employee nine months after the 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, had claimed.

"My uncle had no idea about the case registered against him initially. He came to Hyderabad along with his wife and children in July and went back to Oslo in the last week of October. Then he was served a notice to appear before the authorities along with his wife," he had said.

"My aunt also went to Oslo on November 23 and the couple appeared before the authorities concerned. On November 28, we were informed by my uncle's neighbours in Oslo that they were arrested and remanded," Sailender had said.

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 had said, adding the boy was also found bringing toys from school.

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