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Indian parents sue son for not having children

An Indian couple is taking their son and daughter-in-law to court, demanding that they pay them £520,000 or produce a grandchild within a year.

Sanjeev and Sadhana Prasad said they are requesting compensation for paying for their son’s education and wedding as their son’s failure to have a child after six years of marriage had caused them ‘mental harassment’.

Mr. Prasad, from the northern state of Uttarakhand, said: “I gave my son all my money, got him trained in America. I don’t have any money now. We have taken a loan from the bank to build a home. We’re troubled financially and personally. We finally got him married in 2016 with the hope that we would get us a grandchild to play with in our retirement age.”

Traditionally, Indian children face pressure from their parents to have children soon after marriage. However, some couples are choosing to wait longer and focus on their careers or personal lives.

Mr. Prasad added that he had paid for his son’s wedding at a five-star hotel, an expensive honeymoon abroad for the couple, a £63,000 car, and had supported him financially for two years before he was able to get a job as a pilot.

Mr. Prasad is awaiting a response from his son to the legal petition.