DEHRADUN | An Indian couple are suing their son, demanding that he and his wife give them a grandson within a year or risk paying them $840,000 in compensation, local media reported on Thursday.
Sanjeev and Sadhana Prasad say they exhausted their savings raising and educating their son, now a pilot, and giving him a lavish wedding. They now want a grandson or be reimbursed for their investments.
“My son has been married for six years but (his couple) are still not planning a baby. At least if we had a grandchild to spend time with, our pain would become bearable,” the couple said in their complaint filed with a court in Haridwar last week.
The parents add that they paid $62,000 for their son to receive pilot training in the United States before he returned to India without a job, the newspaper said.
"We also had to take out a loan to build our house and we are now going through a lot of financial difficulties," the couple complained in their complaint, "we are also psychologically disturbed because we live alone."
According to the couple's lawyer, Arvind Kumar, the complaint will be heard in a court in northern India on May 17.
In India, several generations, including grandparents, aunts, uncles, nephews and nieces often live under the same roof. But, in recent years, the trend has changed, with young couples preferring to be away from their families, while many women, like the daughter-in-law in this case, prefer to emancipate themselves and embrace professional careers rather than become mothers in the foyer.