When we flunked in exams or bunked classes in college, our parents usually lectured us for long hours and some even beat us. There were some fathers who not only made us witness the power of a ‘flying chappal’ but also ensured that their favourite ‘Sharma ji ka beta’ enjoys this live action. Having said that, no matter how much we hated those embarrassing punishments imposed on us, our fathers weren’t even half as cruel as this Austrian man who sued his own daughter for taking too long to complete her graduation. What the actual f**k!
We are nowhere close to joking, his daughter was studying architecture at the University of Vienna and while she did graduate, it took her 13 semesters (instead of 8) to complete it. So, like any other father, this guy too lost his sh*t and instead of giving her a piece of his mind, he chose to drag her to the court with a lawsuit of €24,000 (over Rs. 16 lakhs). His argument? She took too much time to graduate and that he should not have to pay more than the required amount.
Now what could have been a small family feud with punishments like no pocket money or staying grounded for a month or so, took an interesting turn when the court got involved. What’s surprising is that the Supreme Court acknowledged the father’s case and ruled in his favour stating that he is only liable to support his daughter for 10 semesters. That’s another story that his case failed to move two of Austria’s lower courts, before this. This isn’t it, the girl now has to repay every single penny to her father along with the interest. She is also expected to pay €8000 (Rs. 5.6 lakh approx) in legal costs.
While, we are flabbergasted at this father’s determination to get his money back from his daughter, people in Austria might not be as surprised as us because this isn’t the only case of its kind. According to the Austrian press report, the legal firm who represented this dad’s case, has come across six similar cases in the past two years.
So all you folks who are about to enter the college world or those who are on the verge of completing their graduation, either start studying hard or learn to embrace your parents’ favourite weapons like broomsticks, chappals, belts and more. Also let’s just hope for our parents to not get inspired by this Austrian dad’s actions.