Raphael Samuel, a 27-year-old man, has announced his intention to sue his parents for giving birth to him, as they did so “without his consent.” He compares having children to “kidnapping and slavery,” claiming that parents have children for “their joy and their pleasure,” not the child’s, while also asserting that their kid’s problems are their fault.
Samuel, who lives in Mumbai, is part of a growing “anti-natalist” movement and, according to a report by the Daily Mail, “believes it is wrong to put an unwilling child through the ‘rigmarole’ of life for the pleasure of its parents.”
In India, the anti-natalist movement is gaining traction, and the number of younger people resisting the social pressure to have children is growing.
While one would assume that Samuel would only consider suing his parents for having him if the relationship was bad, he asserts that that isn’t the case.
“I love my parents, and we have a great relationship, but they had me for their joy and their pleasure,” said Samuel. “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.”
Samuel also posts on social media to support his anti-natalist viewpoint. Along with videos on YouTube -including ones with titles “Infertility is Sexy” and “The ONLY reason your child suffers is because YOU had it!!!” – he also runs a Facebook page called Nihilanand, which has around 800 followers.
On the Facebook page, he posts a variety of anti-natalist material, including images with captions like “parents are hypocrites” and “Your parents had you instead of a toy or a dog. You owe them nothing. You are their entertainment.”
Along with asserting that having children shouldn’t be viewed as a necessity, some anti-natalists also promote environmental and socioeconomic reasons as justification for avoiding the act of procreation.
Pratima Naik, another activist who runs a page called “Childfree India,” 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.”