Son wants to sue parents 'for giving birth to him without his consent'



A man is planning to sue his parents for giving birth to him 'without his consent', it is reported.Raphael Samuel, 27, from Mumbai, India, is a child-free "anti-natalist" advocate who believes children shouldn’t be made to suffer. He claims parents don’t have the right to give birth if a child hasn’t agreed to being born.But despite claiming he had a “great relationship” with his parents, he is now taking legal action against them.He said: “I want to tell all Indian kids that they don’t owe their parents anything."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 rigamarole of school and finding a career, especially when they didn’t ask to exist."He added that people must know they don’t have to have children. The child-free advocate also said people must ask their parents for an explanation as to why they had children. On Youtube, he talked about the “myth” of respecting elders in India and said people should respect action instead. Raphael said: "Has that person treated you well? Is that person giving you freedom? Is that person encouraging your growth?""Your parents are two people at the age of 20-25 who just wanted a good night together and then they had you.”The anti-natalist movement is gaining a lot of traction in India as people resist social pressure to have children.Raphael runs an anti-natalist Facebook page called Nihilanand, which has hundreds of followers.One of the memes on the page said: “Isn't forcing a child into this world and then forcing it to have a career kidnapping and slavery?”Anti-natalist in India argue that having children is a strain on the Earth’s resources and avoid procreation for environmental reasons. Pratima Naik, 26, from Bengaluru, who is at the forefront of the anti-natalist movement and also committed to never having children, supports Samuel’s beliefs. He said: We don’t want to impose our beliefs on anyone, but more people need to consider why having a child in the world right now isn’t right. On his page entitled Childfree India, Pratima Naik wrote last month: Should we continue to bring more children into this world and accelerate the process of environmental and social degradation?. Do you think existence is a pain, and not bringing a child into this world, is a guaranteed way to avoid unnecessary suffering to the child? We are a group of people who have decided not to reproduce. We are Childfree Indians!. Fellow activist Alok Kumar, 34, has begun a YouTube channel where he aims to spread awareness on child-free living. He decided to remain child-free after deciding the world was not a conducive place for raising a family. He is now looking for a woman who, like him, doesn’t want kids.