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Oslo court convicts Indian couple for abusing son, says cultural difference no excuse
Times of India ^ | Dec 5, 2012, 02.24 AM IST

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.


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1 posted on 12/04/2012 5:21:39 PM PST by DeaconBenjamin
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To: DeaconBenjamin

they sound like sadists. cultural differences indeed


2 posted on 12/04/2012 5:25:27 PM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

One hopes Norway will insist muslims in Norway are held to Norwegian cultural standards as well.


3 posted on 12/04/2012 5:34:57 PM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

What company did the man work for?


4 posted on 12/04/2012 5:52:17 PM PST by sarasmom
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To: muir_redwoods

These might be Hindus. Evil is not limited to any particular religion or lack thereof.


5 posted on 12/04/2012 6:01:10 PM PST by Sicvee (Sicvee)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Funny, they don’t seem to mind “cultural differences” if the accused is Islamic . . .


6 posted on 12/04/2012 6:10:46 PM PST by Salgak (Acme Lasers presents: The Energizer Border. I **DARE** you to cross it. . . .)
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To: DeaconBenjamin
It was also said that the father struck his son with a belt or a similar object ...

Oh well, my dad would've went to jail.

7 posted on 12/04/2012 6:24:48 PM PST by glorgau
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To: DeaconBenjamin
Chandrasekhar or Chandra Shekhar is an Indian name. Etymologically, the name comes from the Sanskrit words "candra", meaning "moon", and "śekhara", meaning "crest" or "crown" which is an epithet of Hindu god Shiva.
8 posted on 12/04/2012 6:34:47 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Pennies and Nickels will NO LONGER be Minted as of 1/1/13 - Tim Geithner, US Treasury Sect)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy; Sicvee
Chandrasekhar or Chandra Shekhar is an Indian name. Etymologically, the name comes from the Sanskrit words "candra", meaning "moon", and "śekhara", meaning "crest" or "crown" which is an epithet of Hindu god Shiva.

So they would be Hindus. In the Subcontinent, a person's name indicates his religion.

9 posted on 12/04/2012 7:03:46 PM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

“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?


10 posted on 12/04/2012 7:03:59 PM PST by MachIV
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To: Sicvee

They are Hindus. My hope was that Norways courage would extend to muslims as well


11 posted on 12/04/2012 7:29:30 PM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: MachIV

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.


12 posted on 12/04/2012 7:31:05 PM PST by Marie ("The last time Democrats gloated this hard after a health care victory, they lost 60 House seats.")
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To: Salgak

A Hindu is guilty of not following Norwegian law, but a Muslim need not worry?


13 posted on 12/04/2012 7:31:56 PM PST by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: glorgau

If he made the mistake of moving to Norway.


14 posted on 12/04/2012 7:40:21 PM PST by DeaconBenjamin (A trillion here, a trillion there, soon you're NOT talking real money)
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To: VanShuyten

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.


15 posted on 12/05/2012 3:53:26 AM PST by Salgak (Acme Lasers presents: The Energizer Border. I **DARE** you to cross it. . . .)
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To: MachIV

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.


16 posted on 12/05/2012 5:22:52 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Pennies and Nickels will NO LONGER be Minted as of 1/1/13 - Tim Geithner, US Treasury Sect)
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