India will take apt steps in Norway child abuse case: Khurshid

Last Updated: Sat, Dec 01, 2012 17:47 hrs

New Delhi: Amid massive concern over the arrest of an Indian couple in Oslo on the alleged charge of child abuse, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Saturday said the Indian Mission in Norway will make contact and do all that is appropriate and necessary.

Khurshid, however, said that this case relates to the local of that particular country.

"This is an issue that relates not to government, it relates to private citizen and it relates to the local law of that country. Sometimes, we express concern about something that happens to a citizen of our country, but within the parameters of the law as is applied by those countries. But because there is public interest and public concern, our mission will make contact and do all that is appropriate and necessary," said Khurshid.

"We don't want to make this a government to government affair because after all it is an internal matter of that country. The mission will be in touch and they will keep us briefing," he added.

Software professional Chandrasekhar Vallabhaneni and his wife Anupama have been arrested by the Oslo Police on November 26 for alleged abuse of their seven-year-old son.

Chandrasekhar Vallabhaneni's nephew, Shailendra, commenting on the issue, appealed to the Indian authorities to resolve the case at the earliest.

"We are trying to reach some of the senior authorities here. We are trying to take up this issue, we are trying to move this issue through the media and some of the authorities. We want an interaction between the embassies of India and Norway, to point out that there are a lot of cultural differences between India and Norway, and we request to maintain those ethics while giving a judgement on these people," he told the media in Hyderabad.

The Andhra Pradesh couple has reportedly been remanded in custody, to prevent them from evading prosecution by returning to India.

Chandrasekhar works with software giant TCS, which deputed him to Oslo 18 months ago to handle a project. He took his wife and two sons with him. His older son allegedly told his teachers that his parents had threatened to send him back to India.

This incident comes just a few months after another Indian couple in Norway, Anurup and Sagarika Bhattacharya, were involved in a prolonged custody battle with Norwegian authorities after their two children, Abhigyan and Aishwarya, were taken away by child welfare services in May last year.

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