Indian couple sues son for not giving a grandchild
Published: 03:24 PM, 14 May 2022
An Indian couple is suing their only son and his wife for not giving them a grandchild after six years of marriage.
Sanjeev and Sadhana Prasad, 61 and 57, say they used up their savings raising their son, paying for his pilot's training, a lavish wedding and his honeymoon.
And now, they say, it's payback time - either the son and daughter-in-law give them a grandchild within a year or reimburse 50m rupees ($650,000; £525,000).
Although the younger couple have not yet commented, a detailed reading of the court petition shows that relations between the Prasads and their son's family are strained.
Talking to BBC Hindi, Sadhana Prasad said 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."
The case of disappointed parents taking their children to court for not giving them grandchildren is perhaps a first in the country but, as many would say, having a child in India is almost never just a couple's decision.
Everyone - from parents and parents-in-law to near and distant relatives and the wider society - has a say in the matter and in most cases, families begin nudging couples towards starting a family even before the bride's henna has faded. - BBC