Supreme Court in August 2020 made a statement, Son is a Son till he gets his Wife….This statement may be offensive to some men, but in reality there are many married sons whose bond is completely broken with parents after they get married. Reasons could be many and we cannot overlook the pressures from wives & in-laws who threaten men to break ties with their family.
In a case reported from Punjab, an elderly couple from Panchkula approached High Court as they were longing to see their married son.
According to senior citizen couple’s petition, their son worked as a manager with a reputed bank. He fell in love with a girl and the two married each other in February 2018.
The marriage was arranged and the boy’s parents spent Rs 15 to 20 lakh rupees on the same. After marriage, the son’s mother-in-law started misbehaving with him and within a few days both the son and daughter-in-law started living separately in Gurugram. Initially, the son and daughter-in-law would visit the husband’s parents once a month. However, after 6-months, they stopped coming completely.
The elderly couple stated in their petition that now they had been left to their fate.
Advocate Ranjan Lakhanpal, who represented the elderly couple, told court on Monday, that they wanted love and care of their son, not money. He added that the senior citizens had no one to look after them, no one to take them to the hospital, etc., except their son.
The parents had also approached police to enquire whereabouts of their son, but did not get assistance. When they approached his work place, they learnt that his services were terminated by the bank.
After preliminary hearing of the petition, Justice Rajmohan Singh has issued a notice to the son of the aged couple and sought a reply.
The Punjab & Haryana High Court also issued notices to the Home Department of Haryana Government, Haryana DGP, Panchkula SP and Chandigarh SSP, asking for their inputs how to solve this problem.
This was a tricky situation, because the elderly couple can be awarded maintenance from son under the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act 2007, however, how can they demand emotional support from their adult child?
Referring to The Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act 2007, the elderly couple demanded:
- Son must visit them only once a month to inquire about their well being and take care of them
- The couple argued that their son’s separation from them is also a violation of Article 21
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Senior Citizen Parents Approach Punjab & Haryana HC Demanding Love & Affection, Not Money, From Married Son
▪️After marriage, son's mother-in-law created problems, & couple started living separately
▪️Initially visited once a month, then stopped cominghttps://t.co/LGfD6dLKbP
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