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Indian couple are suing their son and his wife for not having children 

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An unusual case: Last week, Sanjeev and Sadhana Prasad, an Indian couple from the northern state of Uttarakhand, filed a lawsuit in court against their only son and his wife, who have not yet had a child after six years of marriage and don't seem to want to. They demand within a year a grandson or compensation of 50 million rupees, according to the daily Times of India. 

“My son has been married for six years, but still doesn't plan a baby. At least if we had a grandchild to spend time with, our pain would become bearable.” 

Complained Sanjeev who, together with his wife, accuse their son and his wife of mental harassment. 

The case appears to be not only about children but also money, as they said they had exhausted all their savings raising and educating their son, and paying for pilot training in the United States.  

Shrey Sagar (the son) returned to India in 2007 but lost his job and they had to support him financially for more than two years. The parents then issue an ultimatum to the couple: a baby within a year or the reimbursement of their investment. 

The 50 million rupees or 615,000 euros claimed include the cost of a lavish wedding in a five-star hotel, a luxury car worth 76,000 euros and payment for the couple's honeymoon abroad and 62,000 dollars for pilot training. 

“We also had to take out a loan to build our house and we are now going through a lot of financial difficulties. We are also psychologically disturbed because we live alone,” explained the couple, who point out that they arranged the marriage of their son in 2016, in the hope of having a grandson to play with during their retirement. 

Their lawyer Arvind Kumar affirms that the complaint will be examined by a court in northern India on May 17, while stressing that the complaint is filed because of the mental cruelty that this situation inflicts on the couple Sanjeev and Sadhana Prasad. 

Shrey Sagar and Shubhangi Sinha declined to comment on this. 

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