Mumbai man threatens to sue parents for own birth ‘without his consent’

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First Published 6, Feb 2019, 6:13 PM IST
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Mumbai man threatens to sue parents for own birth
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Mumbai, Raphael Samuel, who believes in anti-natalism (belief in abstaining from procreation) grabbed headlines when he said on social media that he would like to sue his parents for his birth because he was born ‘without his consent”

A 27-year-old man from Mumbai is all set to sue his parents for giving birth to him without his consent.

Raphael Samuel, who is an anti-natalist is grabbing international headlines after he took to Facebook and expressed his views. Mr Samuel wrote in a Facebook post that he loves his parents, but they had him for their own "joy and their pleasure." The Facebook post was later deleted, though other posts on anti-natalism remain on his page. "Why must I suffer? Why must I work? Someone had you for their pleasure," reads one of them.

Raphael also has a Facebook page name Nihilanand which has more than 1,000 followers. His page is flooded with posts on anti-natalist materials. 

He also recently shared a video on YouTube explaining why he wants to sue his parents. In the video, he said that since children are born without their consent they should be paid to live. He then went on to explain what he means by “without his consent” and said that, “you realise that you are here and you do not owe your parents anything and it was not your decision”.

In another, Facebook post, he also shared his mother's views on his plans to sue her. "I must admire my son's temerity to want to take his parents to court knowing both of us are lawyers. If Raphael could come up with a rational explanation as to how we could have sought his consent to be born, I will accept my fault," reads the post, attributed to Mr Samuel's mother, Kavita Karnad Samuel.

Raphael has received many mixed comments on his Facebook page and for his video on social media. 

In an interview with the Guardian, he said, “Dear Mum and Dad, Everything I am and everything I will ever be is thanks to you. See you in court.”

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