Oslo officials claim child had burn marks, sentencing today

FP

The Indian couple facing criminal charges of "gross or repeated maltreatment" of their seven-year-old son will be sentenced Tuesday even as the prosecution termed the case as "very serious" and justified their arrest ahead of the court verdict.

"There were burn marks and scars on the body of the child, who has also been beaten by the belt," said Kurt Lir, head of prosecution, Oslo police department. "The sentencing is tomorrow. They are facing child abuse case and are charged with gross or repeated maltreatment of their child/ children by threats, violence or other wrong, under section 219," he said.

Asked why the police arrested the couple — V Chandra Sekhar, a software professional from Andhra Pradesh, and his wife Anupama — before the sentencing, Lir said it is feared that they would return to India. The prosecution has proposed a sentence of 15 months for the mother and 18 months for the father.

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