Skip to comments.Oslo court convicts Indian couple for abusing son, says cultural difference no excuse
Posted on 12/04/2012 5:21:35 PM PST by DeaconBenjamin
Indian software professional V Chandrasekhar and his wife Anupama were convicted on Tuesday by a Norwegian court for physically abusing their seven-year-old son Sai Sriram.
Chandrasekhar, working for TCS in Norway since 2010 as an IT consultant, was awarded a prison term of 18 months by the Oslo District Court while wife Anupama has got a 15-month term.
"We will appeal against the verdict," defence lawyer Adeline Brendal-Veisal was quoted telling a Norwegian newspaper, Aftenposten.
The couple's relatives in India said they were disappointed by the court's verdict. They also pointed out that, intriguingly, the Orange Book the complaint issued by the school against the couple had gone missing.
The couple were arrested on November 30, about nine months after their son Sai Sriram complained to his school teachers that they were threatening to punish him severely and send him back to India for wetting his pants in the school bus.
The boy had refused to take the school bus home saying that his father had threatened to burn his tongue. School authorities, alarmed by Sai's fears, had complained to the Norwegian child care authorities.
The boy reportedly told officials that his mother had asked her husband to scald him with a heated spoon for being disobedient and peeing in his pants. He had burn marks on his lower leg. The parents, however, claimed that the boy had accidentally bumped into a heated cooking spoon in the kitchen. But an expert said in court that the boy could not have received such a burn by accidentally touching or bumping into a heated spoon.
It was also said that the father struck his son with a belt or a similar object and that, at least once, had threatened to burn his son's tongue with a hot spoon. The Oslo court pointed out that the rough treatment went on for over six to seven months and qualified as repeated beatings.
The defence lawyer underlined "cultural differences" in India and Norway, but the argument didn't cut ice with the court. The son, according to the defence lawyer, has behavioral problems. The lawyer argued that if the father went to jail, then the family would lose its only source of income. She also pointed out that one of the two children, now staying with their grandfather, had fallen sick. The parents told the court that the boy tended to exaggerate and imagine things.
Earlier on Monday, news agencies quoted Kurt Lir, head of prosecution, Oslo police department, saying that the couple was charged with gross or repeated maltreatment of their child/children by threats, violence or other wrong, under section 219.
Chandrashekhar, who hails from coastal Andhra's Krishna district, was posted in Oslo by his company in 2010. The family returned home in July this year. Chandrashekhar left for Norway again on November 23 with his wife. The couple left their two sons behind. A court in Oslo issued summons and later, the police arrested them.
they sound like sadists. cultural differences indeed
One hopes Norway will insist muslims in Norway are held to Norwegian cultural standards as well.
What company did the man work for?
These might be Hindus. Evil is not limited to any particular religion or lack thereof.
Funny, they don’t seem to mind “cultural differences” if the accused is Islamic . . .
Oh well, my dad would've went to jail.
So they would be Hindus. In the Subcontinent, a person's name indicates his religion.
“Indian software professional V Chandrasekhar and his..”
Ver much off topic here but how is it that so many people from a poor country that have flooded the west all seem to have been able to afford degrees in computer science?
Let me guess, .....central planning.......in other words, the Indian government has paid for hundres of thousands if not millions to get these degrees?
How many more white collar in addition to all the blue collar jobs are we going to either export or import workers to do at the detriment of citizens?
They are Hindus. My hope was that Norways courage would extend to muslims as well
When my mom was in college (I was a kid) there was a LARGE community of Iranians and Saudis. Foreign exchange students.
Brother, *WE* paid for their education. Westerners actually pay people to come in, get trained and take our jobs at a lower wage.
It’s been going on for decades.
A Hindu is guilty of not following Norwegian law, but a Muslim need not worry?
If he made the mistake of moving to Norway.
Well, considering that the Norwegian police don’t bother to enforce the law in Muslim-dominated areas, and that the vast majority of rapes in Norway are Muslim-on-Norge. . . yes.
India is bizarre that way, having kept a lot of the old British administrative ways and a popular respect for higher education.
This means a very weird situation, with huge demand for science education to extract themselves from poverty, with insanely intense competition for science college degrees.
Students about kill themselves studying as hard as they can. And nationally, their level of education is very top heavy.
And then, very little market for their skills after graduation, because of their stifling bureaucracy. Which means that highly motivated and trained engineers are thrilled to go to other countries and work in menial jobs just for the chance of getting real employment.
The bottom line is that if the Indian government got out of the way, India would experience explosive growth in technology. Already it’s bursting at the seams in some ways, but it is a struggle.