We didn’t care about gender, just wanted a grandchild’
WASHINGTON (TND) — An elderly couple in India is suing their only child and his wife for not providing them with a grandchild.
Sanjiv Ranjan Prasad and his wife Sadhana Prasad are seeking Rs 50m ($646,968.35).
“We didn’t care about gender, just wanted a grandchild,” Mr. Prasad said, according to The Independent.
In India, women are often expected, even forced, to produce children within the first few years of their marriage.
“We have demanded Rs 25m ($322,866.23) each from the son and the daughter-in-law,” Mr. Prasad said.
In the lawsuit, Mr. Prasad claimed he spent nearly all of his money on raising his only child and his education in the U.S. He also says that he bought the couple a new car and paid for the couple’s honeymoon trip to Thailand.
“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 house. We’re troubled financially and personally” he said.
He claimed that his son, who is a pilot with a commercial airline, moved to southern India’s Hyderabad city, bought a house in his wife’s name and ceased communication with his parents. He also claimed that his daughter-in-law and that her family are preventing them from having a grandchild by controlling their finances.
When asking his son for a grandchild, Mr. Prasad that the couple “pretended” to be separated as they both live in different cities due to their professions.
AK Srivastava, the advocate representing Mr. Prasad and his wife, argued that the elderly couple is suing the couple due to their own financial struggles and emotional loss.
“The couple has the freedom to not give birth to a child, which is why we are asking to be compensated. The amount is just given the money Mr. Prasad has spent on his son’s upbringing,” he told The Independent.
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