An elderly couple has sued their own son for abandoning them and becoming a Sanyasi. A family court in Ahmedabad recently ordered a son to pay Rs 10,000 monthly maintenance to his parents as he left them and became a Sanyasi. The court concluded by stating that it’s the responsibility of a son to maintain his parents after a certain age and that he cannot escape for his true responsibility.
Dharmesh Gol, the son of the elderly couple, became a Sanyasi (a monk) soon after completing his master’s degree in pharmacy, but went on to serve an NGO soon after quitting a job that paid him Rs 60,000 a month. Recently his parents took the case to the court, sued him and demanded him to give them Rs 50,000 as maintenance. As his parents are physically disabled, they do not have any other source of income.
The couple also informed that they spent all their savings, approximately Rs 35 lakh on their son’s education and expected him to earn well to support them in their old age. However, Dharmesh currently earns more than 1 lakh rupees by teaching and giving lectures in several institutes. The son declined to argue the case, and the court finalized their decision by quoting that It is an established legal principle that a child has to earn and support his parents.
The court asked him to pay Rs 10,000 monthly maintenance. It said, 'The amount of maintenance should not be so high that it becomes a punishment for the child. The amount should also not be so small that parents cannot support themselves'.
(With Agency inputs)