Indian couple in Norway files appeal in child abuse case



Oslo: An Indian software professional and his wife, who were convicted for "serious child abuse" of their seven-year-old son, have filed an appeal in a higher court in Norway.

Chandrasekhar Vallabhaneni and his wife Anupama, who were arrested by police last month, were sentenced by Oslo District Court to jail terms for 18 months and 15 months respectively on Tuesday for gross or repeated maltreatment of their child/children by threats, violence or other wrong.

The court had sentenced Chandrasekhar to a 18-month jail term and 15 months for his wife Anupama.

They have now filed an appeal in a higher court, sources said.

During the hearing today, while defence contended that the couple should be released till the pending of the appeal, the prosecution submitted that they cannot be release and should not be kept under detention till the final outcome of the appeal, Oslo police sources told PTI.

Convicting the couple, the Oslo District Court had ruled that couple had "deliberately burned their son's leg with a hot spoon or similar object with the result that the child had burn marks measuring approximately 3 x 5 centimetres."

The court had said it had been proven that on one occasion the parents had even threatened to brand their son's tongue with a hot spoon.

PTI