They have been waiting for six years with the hope of having a grandchild to play with in their old age, but there is no sign of grandchild as yet, they complained in their lawsuit.
A retired couple in Uttarakhand, India is suing their only son and daughter-in-law for not giving them a child ‘even after six years of marriage’. They are demanding a compensation of Rs 5 crore if their wish for a grandchild is not met ‘within a year’.
Sixty-one-year-old Sanjeev and his 57-year-old wife Sadhana Prasad filed this unusual lawsuit on grounds of mental harassment. It was filed last week and is coming up for hearing on 17 May. Their son and his wife have not made any comments on the petition yet.
Prasad complained that he has no money now after he spent it all on educating his son in the United States. “I gave my son all my money, got him trained in America. I don’t have any money now. We have taken a loan from the bank to build a home. We’re troubled financially and personally. We have demanded ₹ 2.5 crore each from my son and daughter-in-law in our petition,” he told news agency ANI.
The compensation amount includes the money they have allegedly spent on their son’s education, upbringing, cost of his wedding at a 5-star hotel, luxury car worth Rs 6 million and also paid for his honeymoon abroad.
Sanjeev Prasad told Times of India that he has only one son, whom he had sent abroad in 2006 for a pilot training course which had cost him Rs 5 million, but the boy returned next year due to economic recession there and could not find a job in India for 2 years. All the while the parents had looked after his financial needs while he was jobless.
According to the Times of India report, the son finally got a pilot’s job and his parents got him married off in 2016. The young couple now live in different cities busy with their careers.
“My son and daughter-in-law are living in two separate cities because of their jobs, causing us immense pain. We treated our daughter-in-law like our own daughter. Despite that, she seldom stays with us adding to our sufferings. We even told her that if she is worried about taking care of the child due to her job, she could give the baby to us so that we could look after his upbringing. We are hardly left with any money because we spent everything on our son,” Prasad said.
He laments further that they had got the son married in 2016 with the hope that they would have a grandchild to play with in their old age, but it has been six years and no sign of grandchild as yet.
The lawyer working for Sanjeev and Sadhana, AK Srivastava, told ANI, “This case portrays the truth of society. We invest in our children, make them capable of working in good firms. Children owe their parents’ basic financial care.”