Indian couple sue their son for $650,000 [50 million rupees], for failing to produce a grandchild after they splashed all their savings on his lavish wedding and US pilot training
Sajneev Prasad Sinha and wife Sadhana Sinha, filed a petition against their only son Shrey Sagar Sinha and his wife Shubhangi Sinha
Sajneev, 61, and Sadhana, 57, Prasad are suing their only son to court for ‘mental agony’ ‘
The couple, from Haridwar in India’s Uttarakhand state, claim that all they asked of their son Sagar Sinha, 35, and his wife Shubhangi Sinha, 31, was to give them a grandchild, which they have failed to do
US trained pilot Sagar Sinha lives separately from his wife Shubhangi after marrying in 2016
His parents claim despite being sent on their exotic honeymoon in Thailand and being gifted with a $77,0000 Audi, the couple have no children and don’t appear to be in a hurry
‘We are heartbroken that we will die without seeing [a] grandchild’ Sajneev said
Sajneev and Sadhana say they want the amount they spent raising Sagar back
The retirees claim they spent their savings on the couple’s flashy wedding, which they want reimbursed, as well as all monies spent on raising their son from childhood -$325,000
They are demanding a similar sum in damages
A retired Indian couple are taking their only son to court for more than $650,000 [50 million rupees], as they claim his failure to produce a grandchild has caused them ‘mental agony’.
Sajneev Prasad Sinha, 61, and wife Sadhana Sinha, 57, filed a petition against son Shrey Sagar Sinha and his wife Shubhangi Sinha, who married in 2016 and do not have any children.
The marriage was arranged and they were even sent to Thailand for their honeymoon to produce an heir, Sajneev said.
The couple, from Haridwar in India’s Uttarakhand state, said that all they asked of their son Sagar Sinha, 35, and his wife Shubhangi Sinha, 31, was to give them a grandchild, which they had failed to do.
Sagar and Shubhangi Sinha must have a child within a year or pay up, the parents claim
Pilot Sagar was trained in the US at his parents’ considerable expense. He returned to India in 2007 as the recession caused an industry slowdown.
Sagar has since worked as a pilot in India – and lives separately from Shubhangi, who also works.
The parents said they gifted the new couple an Audi worth £77,000 and paid for their luxurious wedding reception at a five-star hotel.
They claim they’ve spent $325,000 [25million rupees], on their son since he was born.
They now want the exact same amount back – and another $325,000 in damages.
‘We killed our dreams to raise him’, Sajneev told The National World.
‘It is a dream of every parent to become a grandparent. We had been waiting for years to become grandparents.
‘We had been trying to convince our son and his wife but they paid no heed to our demands. We are heartbroken that we will die without seeing [a] grandchild.’
Sajneev also wrote in the parents’ court submission: ‘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.
‘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.’
The charge submitted to Haridwar District Court was listed as ‘mental agony and harassment’.
It is technically labelled a ‘domestic violence’ case.
Arvind Kumar Srivastava, attorney for the parent, said the petition will be taken up for hearing by the court in northern India on May 17, AFP reported, then Sagar and Shubhangi will be formally contacted.
India is a largely conservative society, with parents traditionally having a major say in the matrimonial and professional life of their children. Refusal to comply with familial expectations, with regard to marriage and career, is seen as disrespectful to parents.
In India’s strong joint family system it is typical to have many generations, including grandparents, nephews, aunts and uncles living in the same household.
In recent years however, the trend has shifted, with young couples preferring to move away from the family cocoon of co-habiting with parents or siblings. Younger married women, as as in this case, are not shy opting to work outside the home, rather than the traditional role of a stay at home wife, focusing on raising the children.