A young Indian man has decided to sue his parents for giving birth to him without his consent. It may sound like satire, but “anti-natalist” Raphael Samuel is at the forefront of a social movement so new it barely has a name.
“I love my parents,” Samuel insists, “but they had me for their joy and their pleasure.” The Mumbai resident says his life has been “amazing” – he just doesn’t believe it should have been forced on him, and he certainly doesn’t want to inflict it on someone else.
“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 told Indian outlet the Print.
“Anti-natalism” – a conscious, morally-influenced choice not to reproduce – appears to be catching on in India, with multiple Facebook groups and real-life meetups springing up to serve this unusual outgrowth of the child-free movement. It has linked up with the decades-old Voluntary Human Extinction Movement, an environmentalist current that essentially posits the world would be a better place if humans quietly died out, and attracted “closeted” child-free Indian couples who say they’ve faced judgment, even persecution in their communities and families for choosing not to have offspring.
Posting as Nihilanand on Facebook, Samuel shares droll memes (“Isn’t forcing a child into this world and then forcing it to have a career kidnapping and slavery?”) featuring photos of himself sporting a billowing black beard.'
Read more: Indian man wants to sue parents for birthing him without consent
Did you like this article?
Thank you for your vote!
16 hours ago
School that said all pupils must wear 'gender neutral' uniform faces legal challenge from parents
17 July 2019
Hospital where terminally ill five-year-old girl is being treated is holding her 'against her will' High Court is told as parents bid to take her to Italy to save her life
28 June 2019
Education watchdog fears reading bedtime stories has become a 'dying art' because parents rely on gadgets to do it for them
From our advertisers
13 hours ago
Microsoft Puts $1 Billion Dollars In Elon Musk's OpenAI Company To Build A Super New 'Artificial General Intelligence' AI Computer To Run Entire Planet
From our advertisers