By Thandie Chadzandiyani
NEW DELHI-(MaraviPost)-A couple in India has dragged their son and daughter-in-law to court for failing to give them grandchildren after six years of marriage.
The couple filed a lawsuit on May 7, 2022 seeking 50 million Indian rupees (equivalent to MK257,000 000) in damages from their son and his wife.
Sadhana and Sanjeev Prasad living in Haridwar, a city in northern Uttarakhand state claimed that the compensation is for the time and resource used to raise their only son.
According to Indian Times, the lawsuit also claims that the couple spent their savings raising their son, paying for his education to become a pilot, as well as sponsoring his lavish wedding in 2016.
The two added that they also bought a car for their son Shrey Sagar, 35, and daughter-in-law, Shubhangi Sinha, 31 and paid for their honeymoon.
They have therefore demanded the compensation should a grandchild not be born in the next year. The two pensioners have also offered to raise their grandchild, should their son and his wife be too busy with their careers.
The lawsuit primarily targets the son and daughter-in-law but the petition also lists complaints against the daughter-in-law’s family.
The couple’s lawyer, Arvind Kumar, said the claim made by Prasads is justifiable and court has accepted their petition. He added that hearing has been scheduled for May 17.
India has a strong joint family system with many generations including grandparents, nephews, aunts and uncles – often living in the same household.
However, in recent years the trend has shifted, with young couples preferring to move away from their parents or siblings, and wives opting to work rather than focus on having children and staying at home.