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Norway child row: Indian couple burnt son, say cops

world Updated: Dec 04, 2012 16:05 IST
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Even as an Oslo court on Tuesday is due to rule in the case of an Indian couple arrested for allegedly abusing their child, the Norway police claimed that they burnt and hit their seven-year-old son, reports said.

"There were burn marks and scars on the body of the child, who has also been beaten by the belt," Kurt Lir, Head of Prosecution, Oslo Police Department.

According to reports, the couple have also been accused of burning their son with a hot metal object.

The Indian couple facing criminal charges of "gross or repeated maltreatment" of their child will be sentenced on Tuesday even as the prosecution termed the case as "very serious" and justified their arrest ahead of the court verdict.

"They are facing child abuse case and are charged with gross or repeated maltreatment of their child/children by threats, violence or other wrong, under section 219," he said.

The prosecution has proposed a sentence of 15 months for the mother and 18 months for the father in the case.

Asked why the police arrested the couple -- Chandrasekhar Vallabhaneni, a software professional from Andhra Pradesh, and his wife Anupama before the sentencing, Lir said, it is feared that they will evade prosecution by returning to India.

The couple, however, has denied the charges of hurting their son.

"They didn't hurt their children... They had some difficulties in handling the boy but they didn't hurt him and they didn't mean to do anything wrong. They tried to get help but they did not get any help," said Anupama's lawyer Marte Brotrome.

She said it was wrong to keep the Indian couple in prison in Norway and added: "If the court sentences them, we will appeal against it."

The police arrested Chandrasekhar, nine months after the child complained to his school teachers that his parents were threatening to send him back to India for his acts.

Couple's family hopes for positive result
In Hyderabad, relatives of Chandrasekhar expect positive outcome on Tuesday on the case.

Shailendra, nephew of the arrested TCS employee, said their lawyers are defending the case with all evidences.

"Every day, the sons used to talk to their father at least one hour through Internet.

Since the arrest, the children are not able to talk to him. They are insisting on seeing their parents. They are not sleeping and eating food properly," Shailendra told reporters.

Kalyana Chakravarty, a psychiatrist treating Sai Sriram, elder son of Chandrasekhar said the child has shown considerable improvement after coming back from Norway and may cause some problem with the recent separation from parents.

"The child is suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and is improving. The separation from parents may become difficult for the child to cope up," Chakravarthy said.

(With PTI inputs)