Indian Couple Sues Their Son And His Wife Because They Want a Grandchild

An Indian couple is suing their son and daughter-in-law because they have yet to give them a grandchild within a year or pay them 50 million rupees ($675,000). Sanjeev Ranjan Prasad, who is a 61-year-old retired government officer, said it was a sensitive issue for him and his wife, Sadhana Prasad.

Indian Couple Sues Their Son And His Wife Because They Want A Grandchild

The couple stated how they are unable to wait any longer. His son, a pilot, was married six years ago. “We want a grandson or a granddaughter within a year or compensation because I have spent my life’s earnings on my son’s education,” Prasad told reporters on Thursday.

Prasad said he spent 3.5 million rupees ($47,300) for his son’s pilot training in the United States.

“The main issue is that at this age we need a grandchild, but these people (my son and daughter-in-law) have an attitude that they don’t think about us,’’ Prasad said.

“We got him married in the hope we would have the pleasure of becoming grandparents. It has been six years since their marriage. It feels as if despite having everything we have nothing.”

Indian Couple Sues Their Son And His Wife Because They Want A  Grandchild
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According to media reports, the court has accepted their petition and scheduled it for a hearing on Monday in Haridwar, a city in northern Uttarakhand state. Prasad said that he and his wife love children.

“We are not getting love and affection from where we want it the most,” he said. “I feel very unlucky.”

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Sadhana Prasad shared with BBC Hindi how her son and daughter-in-law’s refusal to have children had opened them to “taunts from society” and described it as “mental cruelty”.

“We had no option but to go to the court. We have been trying to talk to them, but whenever we raise the issue of grandchildren, they become evasive. Their decision not to procreate would mean the end of our family name,” she said.

“We are very unhappy,” her husband Sanjeev added. “We are retired. We want to be grandparents. We are even willing to look after their children. Grandchildren bring joy into people’s lives, but we are being deprived of it.”

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