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An Indian couple sued their son for almost $650,000 this week, demanding he and his wife either produce a grandchild by the end of the year or pay the full amount, Agence France-Presse reported.

Parents Sanjeev and Sadhana Prasad said they had exhausted their savings by raising and educating their son, a pilot, adding that they paid about $65,000 for his training in the United States.

The couple also paid for their son’s wedding and a car worth $70,000 in 2016. However, they noted that he and his wife have not produced a grandchild in six years of marriage.

The elder Prasads said they were facing “immense mental harassment,” according to Sky News.

The son and his wife have not commented on the matter.

Meanwhile, the parents’ lawyer said the case will be taken up for hearing by a court in northern India this week. He added that the case was the first of its kind in the state of Uttarakhand and probably the country.

India has a strong family system with many generations and relatives living under the same roof. However, this trend has begun to shift in recent decades with younger couples moving away from their parents to work rather than focusing on having children and staying at home.

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