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Indian couple in Norway sentenced to jail for abusing 7-year-old son

An Indian couple in Norway have been jailed for abusing their 7-year-old son.

Chandrasekhar Vallabaneni, a software engineer working for Tata Consultancy Services in Norway, and his wife Anupama were sentenced to 18 and 15 months respectively.

The couple had been charged with "gross or repeated maltreatment" of their son after Mr Vallabhaneni was accused of sending the child to India for wetting his pants.

Officials from Norway's Social Services department told the court that they had found "burn marks" and "scars" on the body of the child who had also "been beaten with a belt".

The couple's two children are currently with their grandparents in Hyderabad.

The government in Delhi criticized the couple's conviction, saying it would cause serious mental agony to their children.

The country's foreign minister however ruled out any diplomatic intervention, saying the incident was between a private citizen and Norway's local laws.

The couple are the latest Indian immigrants to fall foul of Norwegian parenting laws.

In April, two Indian children who were taken away from their parents finally returned to India after a Norwegian court agreed to hand them over to their uncle.

Norway's Child Welfare Agency had taken into custody 3year-old Abhigyan and one-year-old Aishwariya Bhattacharya in May 2011 alleging their parents did not adequately look after them.

The parents accused the CWA of racial bias, alleging the children were taken away because they 'ate with theri hands' and 'slept with the father'.

The incident sparked widespread outrage in India and caused a diplomatic row between the countries.

It later emerged the children's mother had been suffering severe depression.



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