This truly is one of those bonkers-yet-slightly-disturbing #onlyinindia stories.
Man gets married 6 years ago.
Couple does not produce a child.
His parents file a case, suing them for lack of grandchild.
Could not make this stuff up…
Here you go:
“My son has been married for six years but they are still not planning a baby,” the couple said in their petition filed with a court in Haridwar last week. “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,” the couple said in their petition. “Mentally too we are quite disturbed because we are living alone.”
Beneath it’s initial hilarity, there is a distinctly darker side: the usual family-first/but obviously man’s family first/in-laws/patriarchal mindset. (Please don’t miss the tell-tale “we didn’t care about gender, just wanted a grandchild” comment, to which my cynical side replies “Yeah, right.”).
Here’s a lawyer weighing in – from his comments, I imagine he’s representing the man’s parents
There is – naturally – no mention anywhere as to what the wife thinks – probably not much of her in-laws, I’ll posit – nor as to the couple’s private wishes. Her parents don’t feature in the discussion.
The idea that you pay for your child’s education and training and then they “owe” you a child (at the very least) is repulsive and one has to hope that this case will get thrown out of court next week. With the in-laws having to pay costs.
I checked the story on Twitter, and thank goodness there were a lot of Indians criticising the parents for their mercenary attitude, and questioning how they arrived at the cost/value of a grandchild, but there was – predictably – some support…the Twitter handle + the use of the flag does indicate a certain, ahem, point of view…
“Is the boy impotent?” As I said at the outset, you couldn’t make this stuff up