India said on Saturday that its Norway mission would do whatever was “appropriate” in the case of alleged child abuse by an Indian couple.

But it made clear that the incident involved a private citizen and the local law.

“This is an issue that relates not to the government. It relates to a private citizen and to the local law…,” External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said.

“Sometimes, we express concern at something that happens to citizen of our country but within the parameters of the law, as is applied by those countries. But there is public interest and concern. Our mission will make contact and do whatever is appropriate and necessary,” Mr. Khurshid said.

Marte Brotrome, lawyer for the boy’s mother, said it was wrong to keep the couple in prison in Norway. “If the court sentences them, we will appeal against it. They have done everything they have been told to do,” she told NDTV.

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