Man Wants To Sue His Parents For Giving Birth To Him Without His Consent
During a teenage strop, did you ever shout 'I didn't ask to be born' at your long-suffering parents? If so, you may understand the motivations behind the man who is hoping to sue his mum and dad for bringing him into this world without his consent.
Yup, Raphael Samuel from Mumbai in India wants to take his parents to court over their decision to bring him into this world; something he says jars with his 'anti-natal' beliefs, which compare having babies to 'kidnap and slavery'.
Despite what you may think, Raphael, 27, says he has a good relationship with his folks and that his 'life has been amazing'.
In an interview with The Print, he said: "I love my parents, and we have a great relationship, but they had me for their joy and their pleasure.
"My life has been amazing, but I don't see why I should put another life through the rigmarole of school and finding a career, especially when they didn't ask to exist."
He reckons the anti-natal movement - some of whom collectively refer to themselves as the 'Voluntary Human Extinction Movement' (VHEM), while others prefer 'Stop Making Babies' - is growing in India and urges people to seriously consider whether they want to bring a child into this world.
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Other members of the movement also spoke to The Print, listing a number of reasons about why people should opt out of getting knocked up, from helping to ease some of the pressure on the world's resources, to shunning 'societal norms'. The group also points out that there are plenty of children waiting to be adopted.
On the Nihilanand Facebook page, run by Raphael, he shares memes with captions such as: 'A good parent puts the child above its wants and needs but the child itself is a want of the parent' and 'Existence requires work and which sane person enjoys working? Stop breeding'.
Meanwhile, a third reads: 'Isn't forcing a child into this world and then forcing it to have a career kidnapping and slavery?' The page also uses the hashtag #parentsarehypocrites.
A fellow anti-natalist, 34-year-old Alok Kumar, told The Print: "Everyone is aware of how much we suffer in life.
"I thought about whether our world was a conducive place for bringing children up, and I decided it would be better not to have a child."
He now uses his YouTube channel to help spread the message.
The group are set to hold their first ever national meeting on 10 February in Bengaluru, where they will decide (among other things) how best to go forward with their movement. Good luck, guys - I think you might need it.
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