A man in India is reportedly suing his parents, claiming it was immoral for them to have given birth to him without his consent.
Raphael Samuel, 27, told the BBC that he understands his parents couldn’t get his consent but still argued that “it was not our decision to be born” into possible lifelong suffering. Consequentially, Samuel said he believes parents should have to pay their children for the act of birthing them.
Samuel reportedly subscribes to anti-natalism, a philosophy which argues that birth is inherently immoral. A common motif in this worldview is overpopulation.
“I want everyone in India and the world to realize one thing: That they are born without their consent. I want them to understand that they do not owe their parents anything,” he says in a now-viral YouTube video.
“If we are born without our consent, we should be maintained for our life. We should be paid by our parents to live.”
Samuel told the outlet that he has a healthy relationship with parents, who are lawyers. He told The Print last month that he’s had an amazing life but accused his parents of having children “for their [own] joy and their pleasure.”
Samuel reportedly informed his mother of his intention to sue her six months ago and she said, “That’s fine, but don’t expect me to go easy on you. I will destroy you in court.” He’s in the process of obtaining a lawyer but has had difficulty finding one who will take his case, according to the BBC.
A Facebook post reportedly written by his mother suggests she’s in good spirits following news about the impending lawsuit.
“I must admire my son’s temerity to want to take his parents to court knowing both of us are lawyers,” she said. “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.”
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[Featured image: Raphael Samuel/YouTube video screengrab]