Man suing parents for giving birth 'without his consent'

Raphael Samuel an anti-natalist. Screengrab from YouTube

Raphael Samuel an anti-natalist. Screengrab from YouTube

A YouTube video titled, "WHY am I suing my parents?" by Raphael Samuel, a 27-year-old from Mumbai, India, has been viewed more than 100,000 times in two days.

Raphael Samuel told the BBC, that it is wrong to have children because they then have to put up with lifelong suffering.

"My life has been incredible, but I don't see why I should put another life through the rigamarole of school and finding a career, especially when I didn't ask to exist".

Samuel is urging people to ask their parents for an explanation as to why they chose to have children. Instead, he is suing his parents because they were only interested in their own "joy and pleasure" when they made a decision to have him.

Samuel said while his approach may seem gimmicky, he will continue with the case - even though both his parents are lawyers - to prove a point.

His mother Kavita Karnad Samuel, who is a lawyer, said yesterday that she admired his boldness.

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Kind of a hard 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.

Samuel has been reported as a follower of antinatalism, an increasingly popular yet freaky ideology that believes that it's morally wrong for people to procreate and takes a nihilistic approach towards human life, saying the humanity brings only suffering.

"This is what I want to tell everyone; that you have an option to not have children", he said.

Per the Facebook page he created devoted to anti-natalism, Samuel says people bringing kids into a miserable world is akin to "kidnapping and slavery", and an act that strains the Earth's resources, per News18.

"Mum said she wished she had met me before I was born and that if she did, she definitely wouldn't have had me", he says laughing and adds that she does see reason in his argument. "I think if he'd been able to answer, maybe I wouldn't have thought this way", he told the publication. In recent social media posts, he said this suffering includes facing wars, being stuck in traffic, working or simply doing something they don't want.

"I'm very happy that my son has grown up into a fearless, independent-thinking young man", she added. "I ask them to come out and speak up", he says. He is sure to find his path to happiness. "I will destroy you in court".

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