Give us a grandchild or pay back $900,000, say Indian couple who are suing son

The couple say they exhausted their savings raising and educating their son and paying for a lavish wedding. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: PEXELS

DEHRADUN, INDIA (AFP) - An Indian couple are taking their son to court demanding that he and his wife produce either a grandchild within a year or cough up 50 million rupees (S$900,000).

Mr Sanjeev and Ms Sadhana Prasad said they exhausted their savings raising and educating their pilot son and paying for a lavish wedding.

Now they want payback.

"My son has been married for six years but they are still not planning a baby. At least if we have a grandchild to spend time with, our pain will become bearable," said the couple in their petition filed with a court in Haridwar last week.

The compensation they are demanding includes the cost of a wedding reception in a five-star hotel, a luxury car worth US$80,000 (S$112,000) and the couple's honeymoon abroad, the Times of India reported on Thursday (May 12).

The parents also forked out US$65,000 to get their son trained as a pilot in the United States only for him to return to India unemployed, the paper said.

"We also had to take a loan to build our house and now we are going through a lot of financial hardships. Mentally, too, we are quite disturbed because we are living alone," said the couple in their petition.

The couple's lawyer, Mr Arvind Kumar, said the petition will be taken up for hearing by the court in northern India on May 17.

India has a strong joint family system with many generations including grandparents, nephews, aunts and uncles often living in the same household.

But in recent years, the trend has shifted, with young couples preferring to move away from their parents or siblings. Wives - such as in this case - are also opting to work rather than focus on having children and staying at home.

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