Indian couple in Norway file appeal in child abuse case

Last Updated: Thu, Dec 06, 2012 18:22 hrs

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.

During the defence hearing on Thursday, the court turned down their plea to be released pending the outcome of their appeal. The next hearing in the case will take place sometime next week.

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.

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 said.

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.

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