The parents of a son who married his wife 6 years ago are suing them as they’ve still not produced an heir.
They claim that after spending so much on their wedding and, in particular, his upbringing, their failure to give them a grandchild has caused them “immense pain.”
So much so, that they’re suing the couple for everything they spent on their marriage…
Now, we all know how stressful planning a wedding can be…
And how expensive the big day is, especially for parents if they take on the cost of their children’s wedding.
One older couple from India is so distraught that their son and daughter-in-law haven’t had children yet, despite spending so much on them…
They’re taking legal action against them for “mental cruelty.”
Sixty-one-year-old father of the groom, Sanjeev Prasad, and fifty-seven-year-old mother Sadhana are expecting them to pay up $650,000.
Their only other option is to have a child within the next year, as per the BBC.
The couple, who lives in Uttarakhand, India, told the Times of India that this is equal to the amount of money they have spent on their thirty-five-year-old son, Shrey.
Part of that immense sum is $65,000 they spent on Shrey’s flight training to become a pilot, and a car they bought him as a wedding present.
“I have only one son. I spent all my savings on his upbringing and education,” Sanjeev Prasad told the Times of India.
“He returned to India in 2007 due to the economic recession abroad. He had lost his job and could not find another for over two years. I supported him financially during this period as well.”
He then shared that after his son got a job he arranged the marriage with his now-wife, Shubhangi.
But that they repaid him by causing the older couple “immense mental harassment” due to them not having a child he claims.
The young couple, who have now been married for 6 years, live separately due to work commitments…
And the older couple said that the absence of their daughter-in-law has “added to (their) sufferings,” causing them “immense pain.”
AK Srivastava, who is the lawyer of the older couple, told ANI News their 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,” the lawyer said.
“It is a dream of every parent to become a grandparent,” the lawyer added. “They had been waiting for years to become grandparents.”
Some social media users have shared their thoughts on the issue, with one Facebook user writing: “Your kids don’t owe you anything. You raise your kids to be good people and be independent because you want to, not to get things in return later in life. They aren’t your property and their bodies are their own. Crazy parents!”
What do you think of the lawsuit?