‘Grandparents not babysitters’

ST CORRESPONDENT
Wednesday, 23 May 2018

The court made it clear that grandparents can’t be pressurised for taking care of their grandchildren.

PUNE: The Family Court has rebuked a woman, who wanted directions to her father-in-law and mother-in-law to take care of her children. The court said that grandparents are not babysitters and parents need to take care of their children.

The court made it clear that grandparents can’t be pressurised for taking care of their grandchildren. The woman had moved the court stating that she has to keep the children at a daycare centre as their grandparents are not willing to take care of them. “It is their responsibility to take care of their grandchildren,” the woman claimed in her petition. 

The court, however, ruled, “Grandparents can help grandchildren, guard against their mistakes and help in their upbringing as part of their responsibility. But to care for them is entirely the responsibility of the parents. It cannot be compulsory for grandparents. They are not babysitters to handle children.”

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