Norway court convicts Indian couple in alleged child abuse case
A Norway court on Tuesday convicted an Indian couple in connection with an alleged case of child abuse.
The court sentenced the father Chandrasekhar Vallabhaneni to 18 months and the mother Anupama to 15 months of imprisonment.
Norway Police have accused the couple who hail from Andhra Pradesh, of gross and repeated maltreatment of their children through threats and violence.
Reacting to the issue, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said she and her party were astonished by the verdict.
"We are astonished, the BJP would demand that the MEA (Ministry of External Affairs) should talk to the Norway authorities that why do such extreme situations arrive."
"The ministry should look after the welfare of the children abroad and make sure that every help is extended to the parents," she added.
The charged family had denied the prosecutors' allegation that one of the two children had burn marks and scars and was beaten with a belt.
Vallabhaneni, a software engineer in software giant TCS, was deputed to Oslo 18 months ago to handle a project. he took his family along with him.
Two schoolteachers of the seven year old son had complained to the authorities about parental abuse.