A couple sues their son for not giving them a grandchild

A couple from the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand are suing their only son and wife for failing to give them a grandchild after six years of marriage.

Sanjeev and Sadhana Prasad, 61 and 57, say they used up their savings to raise their son, pay for his pilot training and a lavish wedding.

They are seeking compensation of nearly $650,000 (£525,000) if no grandchildren are born within the year.

Their son and his wife do not appear to have commented.

The highly unusual lawsuit was filed for “mental harassment”.

Mr Prasad said he spent all his savings on his son, sending him to the United States in 2006 for pilot training at a cost of $65,000.

He returned to India in 2007 but lost his job and his family had to support him financially for more than two years, reports the Times of India.

Shrey Sagar, 35, finally got a job as a pilot. Her parents say they arranged her marriage to Shubhangi Sinha, now 31, in 2016 in the hope they would have a “grandchild to play with” in retirement.

The parents say they paid for a wedding reception at a five-star hotel, an $80,000 luxury car and a honeymoon abroad.

“My son has been married for six years but they still don’t plan a child,” Mr Prasad said. “At least if we have a grandchild to spend time with, our pain will become bearable.”

The couple’s lawyer, AK Srivastava, told The National that the couple asked for the money “because of mental cruelty”.

“It’s every parent’s dream to become grandparents. They’ve been waiting years to become grandparents.”

The couple’s petition, filed in Haridwar, is expected to be heard in court on May 17.

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