“We got him married in the hope we would have the pleasure of becoming grandparents. It has been six years since their marriage,” the father said.
Sadhana and Sanjeev Prasad got their son married six years ago and ever since their wedding, they have wanted a grandchild. Now, still grandchildless, the couple has decided to sue their son and daughter-in-law.
They have demanded that they either produce a child within one year or pay them over $600,000 in damages.
The Prasads filed the lawsuit earlier this month because they believe they should already be grandparents, according to CNN, which reviewed Prasad's petition.
"They raised him, educated him, made him capable, and made him a pilot — which was expensive," said their legal representative, Arvind Srivastava. "They see people in their neighborhood playing with their grandchildren and feel like they should also have one."
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"They said they didn't marry (their son and daughter-in-law) off so that they can live alone," Srivastava continued. "So they said that in the next year, either give us a grandchild or give us compensation."
Srivastava also told The National that the older couple was suing "because of mental cruelty."
"It is a dream of every parent to become a grandparent," the lawyer said. "They had been waiting for years to become grandparents."
The suit lists several expenses the parents—who live in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand—claim they spent on their 35-year-old son and 31-year-old daughter-in-law, including a car and a honeymoon trip following their wedding six years ago.
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Prasad also said that he spent 3.5 million rupees ($47,300) for his son’s pilot training in the United States.
"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."
Apparently, the man and wife also live in separate states due to their jobs, and their daughter-in-law doesn't stay with them, which has "added to (their) sufferings" and caused the older couple "immense pain."
“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, according to Washington Post. “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, a government official in India said.
“We got him married in the hope we would have the pleasure of becoming grandparents. It has been six years since their marriage,” the father said. “It feels as if despite having everything we have nothing.”
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"We are not getting love and affection from where we want it the most," he later added. "I feel very unlucky."
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