An Indian couple in Norway is facing the criminal charges for scolding their child which is seen as 'maltreatment of the child by threats under section 219 of the Penal Code' of the country. The couple is likely to be prosecuted with a jail sentence of one year three months for the mother and one year six months for the father.
THE INDIAN couple was remanded to custody by the Norwegian police after the incident. The action was taken after their seven-year-old son was found wetting his pants in the school bus, which was reported to his father, who in turn threatened the child that he would be 'sent back to India if he repeated it'.
Chandrasekhar Vallabhaneni is software professional from Andhra Pradesh, and his wife Anupama is an officer in the Indian embassy. A few months ago, another case of 'emotional disconnect' involving another Indian couple Anurup and Sagarika Bhattacharya and their children had come into media glare.
In Norway, being strict and harsh to children and harsh to hurt their self-esteem can invite criminal charges of 'gross or repeated maltreatment'.
Meanwhile, kin of the couple in Andhra Pradesh sought Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy's help to speed up the process of talking to the Norwegian government through the union government but to no avail.
The judgment in the case that would be pronounced on December 3 may work as warning to people of eastern countries in Norway who believe in strict discipline for children to the extent of being cruel.