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Norway child row: Govt steps in, seeks details of arrested Andhra couple

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Nov 30, 2012 at 03:44pm IST

New Delhi: Taking a note of the arrest of an Indian couple belonging to Andhra Pradesh by the Norwegian authorities for allegedly reprimanding its seven-year-old son for wetting his pants, the Indian Embassy in Oslo has sought details of the case from the couple's friends. Sources added that the embassy is also in touch with the couple's lawyer and is ready to provide necessary consular assistance to it.

V Chandrasekhar, a software professional from Andhra Pradesh's Krishna district and working in Oslo, and his wife Anupama were arrested by Oslo police on Monday for allegedly trying to discipline their son, their family members in India claimed.

The case had reportedly came to light nine months back after the child told his teachers about the incident. The teachers later alerted local authorities, who placed the child in the care of child services for a month. The couple, however, got back the custody of its son after the authorities did not find any evidence of abuse.

Chandrasekhar's nephew V Sailender said that the boy was found urinating in the school bus which was reported to his father, who in turn allegedly threatened the child that he would be sent back to India if he repeated that again. Sailender also said that the boy was also found bringing toys from school. He added that the couple's family in India had no clue about Chandrasekhar and Anupama's arrest. "We are yet to get complete details on Chandrasekhar's arrest," he said.

"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," Sailender 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," he added.

He also said that the boy was under the custody of Norwegian child protection authorities for some time in February to study his behavioural pattern. "Later, they found that the child was alright but 'hyper-active' and handed over him to parents," Sailender said.

Speaking to CNN-IBN, Sailender urged the Indian government to intervene into the matter. "We are requesting the Indian government to have a word with the Embassy of Norway and ask them to find out what is exactly going on in Norway and under what charges my uncle and aunt have been arrested," he said earlier in the day.

(With additional information from PTI)

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