Disappointed over the conviction of Vallabhaneni Chandrasekhar and Anupama in Norway, the family members of the couple are now preparing for an extended legal battle. While blaming the government for adopting a hands-off approach in providing the required support for bailing them out in the Oslo court, the family members are now planning to appeal to a higher court in Norway to seek release of the couple.
When news of the couple’s conviction in the child abuse case in Oslo was announced, about a dozen family members who had gathered at Chandrasekhar’s residence near Miyapur on the outskirts of Hyderabad, broke down. The immediate family members, including Anupama’s parents, were inconsolable.
The couple have been charged for physically abusing the child by beating him with a belt and also causing burns using a hot spoon.
About three months back, Chandrasekhar along with his wife and two sons returned to Hyderabad to put Sai Sriram, who has been declared to be suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, on a treatment course at Kalyan Chakravarthy, a child psychiatrist.
However, the couple was summoned by the Norway authorities last week for further questioning. After hearing the arguments, the court sentenced the couple to imprisonment.