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Man sues parents for giving birth to him without his consent

09 February 2019

Mr Samuel says his decision to take his parents to court is only based on his belief that the world would be a much better place without human beings in it.

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, 27, from Mumbai, believes it is wrong to put an unwilling child through the "rigmarole" of life for the pleasure of its parents, and has compared having children to "kidnapping and slavery".

Samuel said he understands that people can't give consent to be born, and he actually has a good relationship with his parents, who are both lawyers, and they appear to find the lawsuit humorous.

"My life's been incredible, 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 says of having children of his own.

The VHEM or "Stop Making Babies" movement seems to be growing in India and it urges people to seriously consider whether they want to bring a child into this world.

Debra DeBrabant wrote: "Unbelievable, I can only imagine what your parents must think and how they feel".

What are your thoughts? He can be seen in the video - not unlike his other posts - wearing a fake beard and sunglasses. But in a statement to BBC News, his mother Kavita Karnad Samuel said she was proud of her son.

"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.", she added. So many people are suffering. That's it. To the children I want to say do not do anything for your parents if you don't want to.

Samuel's belief is rooted in antinatalism, a philosophy that teaches procreation as morally bad.

Samuel's Facebook page is filled with antinatalist material, sharing pictures that attack procreational sex and calling parents "hypocrites".

He does mention that his mother told him that if she had met her son beforehand, she wouldn't have had him. They are individuals, not your investment.

"The media has focused on a sliver of what Raphael believes in", she said.

'I'm very happy that my son has grown up into a fearless, independent thinking young man. "You know it's like there's a nice room, but I don't want to be in that room", he explains.

Man sues parents for giving birth to him without his consent