Woman gets six months for sex with pupil

A teacher at a school in south-eastern Norway was sentenced on Wednesday to six months in prison after she admitted having sex with a 16-year-old pupil on a school trip.

The woman pleaded guilty last week to having abused her position when she seduced the boy in a cabin near Sarpsborg in June 2011, newspaper Sarpsborg Arbeiderblad reports.

During the trial the boy, now aged 17, told Sarpsborg district court how he felt his teacher, who was 29 at the time, had begun to fall in love with him.

The pair ended up sharing a cabin during a class trip. According to the boy, the teacher asked him if he would like to have sex with her. He said he lay awake all night thinking about the offer before giving his assent the next morning.

Afterwards, the boy said he felt let down by his teacher and had trouble sleeping.

The woman admitted to the court that she was smitten by the boy. While she said she was not sure which of them had taken most of the initiative in the cabin, she said she took full responsibility for what had happened.

“As an adult I should have stopped it, but I didn’t,” she said.

The verdict was in line with the prosecutor’s recommendation.

In addition to her jail sentence, the woman was also barred from teaching for five years and was ordered to pay the boy 35,000 kroner ($6,000) in damages.

Local authorities first reported the teacher after rumours began circulating around the school and on Facebook.

The teacher did not return to work after the 2011 summer holidays.

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Norwegian women with Indian heritage smash national average to become doctors

One in every five women in Norway with Indian heritage becomes a doctor, according to a report in the Scandinavian country.

Norwegian women with Indian heritage smash national average to become doctors

The high proportion of the demographic taking the medical career path is in part due to the influence of their parents, according to a report by national broadcaster NRK.

“The medical profession is highly respected in India. You hear that from your parents, and you are influenced by that,” Doctor Archana Sharma, whose parents moved to Norway from India, told NRK.

The high status of the medical profession in India influences career choices in Norway, the broadcaster writes.

The Institute for Social Research in Oslo has found that, for Norwegian women between the ages of 26 and 35 and with Indian heritage, almost one in five have completed medical studies.

By comparison, only one in 100 women with Norwegian-born parents in the same age group become doctors, according to the study, which was reported by newspaper Utrop.

“Many people experience very strong expectations that they will go into higher education, preferably within the type of high-status professions which provide security and good pay,” sociologist and project manager for the study Arnfinn Midtbøen told NRK.

“This shows that the migration [of the women’s parents, ed.] was successful,” Midtbøen also said.

An Oslo medicine student told NRK that her parents valued higher education without pressuring her.

“They have encouraged me here and throughout my childhood, but I felt no pressure to choose medicine. I think it is very common in Indian families that parents encourage children from an early stage to go into higher education,” Anisha Sharma told the broadcaster.

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