Mum Speaks Out After Son Sued Her For Birthing Him Without His Consent
Raphael Samuel from Mumbai, India caused quite the stir a few days ago when he revealed he was suing his parents because they didn't ask for his consent to be born.
Kind of a difficult circumstance, but the 27-year-old is what you call an anti-natalist, which is essentially against people being born because in parts of the world it does more harm than good.
Well, while he's been lapping up all the attention, his mum has spoken out after he levelled a legal case against her - and her reaction is surprising.
Kavita has spoken with the Mirror, explaining her admiration for her son being outspoken and campaigning for what he believes in.
"I'm very happy that my son has grown up into a fearless, independent thinking young man. He is sure to find his path to happiness," she told the newspaper.
But Raphael might have the chips stacked against him in the courtroom because his mum is actually a lawyer.
Kavita continued: "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."
Oooh, he just got lawyered.
But Raphael's mum thinks that her son's message has been either misconstrued.
"The media has focused on a sliver of what Raphael believes in," she said. "His belief in anti-natalism, his concern for the burden on Earth's resources due to needless life, his sensitivity toward the pain experienced unwittingly by children while growing up and so much more has been ruefully forgotten.
While it's easy to assume Raphael has a huge amount of hate for his mum and dad, it's actually the opposite.
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.
We can't wait to see the showdown in the courtroom. Good luck Raphael, you'll need it.
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