Family to appeal sentence against Chandrasekhar Vallabhaneni in a higher court.

An Indian software professional and his wife were held guilty here on Tuesday of “serious child abuse” and awarded imprisonment for 18 months and 15 months.

Chandrasekhar Vallabhaneni and his wife Anupama, who were arrested last month, were convicted of gross or repeated maltreatment of their child/children by threats, violence or other wrongs. They have a couple of days to appeal.

“Oslo District Court has found an Indian couple guilty on several counts of child abuse. In the view of the court, the couple deliberately burned their son’s leg with a hot spoon or similar object, with the result that the child had burn marks measuring approximately 3 x 5 centimetres,” an official statement said.

The court said it was proven that on one occasion, the parents had even threatened to brand their son’s tongue with a hot spoon.