To go in appeal to a higher court in Norway against the judgment
Shocked by the Oslo court’s verdict and the sentencing of the Indian couple – V. Chandrasekhar and Anupama on Tuesday, traumatised family members said they would go in an appeal to a higher court in Norway against the judgment.
Soon after receiving news of the judgement, Sailendra, nephew of the software professional said they were exploring options on filing an appeal with the help of their counsel, Marte Brotome, even as he sought Indian Government’s intervention on the issue. He termed the verdict a ‘violation of child rights’ and expressed concern that the children Sai Sriram (7) and Abhiram (2) were not with their parents when they needed them most.
Expressing disappointment over the verdict, he said “While we are grateful at whatever the Indian Government has done by way of intervention thus far, we feel that it can bring more pressure on the Norwegian Government,” he told presspersons.
Mr. Chandrasekhar’s parents and those of Mrs. Anupama were weeping inconsolably while the children appeared lost in the family apartment in Miyapur that was teeming with relatives and friends expressing concern.
‘Violated UN guidelines’
Meanwhile, A. P. Child Rights Association said that though it respected the judgment, the Norwegian government had violated United Nation’s guidelines to protect children with parental love and affection. No government or court had the right to separate minor children from their parents.
Plea to NRIs
The Association president, Achyuta Rao, urged the A. P. Government and External Affairs Ministry to take steps for the release of Chandrasekhar and Anupama in the interest of the rights of the children.
He also appealed to NRIs and other citizens to send mails appealing to Norway Government for the release of the Indian couple.