Raphael Samuel is a 27-year-old man from Mumbai, India, and he’s planning to sue his parents for giving birth to him “without his consent”.
He said that he’s had a “great relationship” with his parents, but having children is the same as “kidnapping”, according to him.
He identifies himself as an “anti-natalist”, and he believes that it’s wrong to put an unwilling child to this world just for the pleasure of its parents.
Many younger people in India resist social pressure to have children, and the anti-natalist movement is gaining traction.
Samuel told The Print that he loves his parents and they have a great relationship, but they had him just for their joy and their pleasure.
His life has been amazing, but he doesn’t see why he should put another life through the “rigamarole” of school and finding a career, especially when the children didn’t ask to exist.
He runs a Facebook page called Nihilanand, and he posts anti-natalist material there regularly.
He posted an image their which captions “parents are hypocrites”, and it also said that “a good parent puts the child above is wants and needs… but the child itself is a want of the parent”.
Many similar memes have been posted on the page, and most of them are questions that ask parents if they truly love their children, and if they do, then why did they have them.
Some of the anti-natalists also claim that having children is a strain of Earth’s resources, and so they avoid procreation for environmental reasons.
Pratima Naik, another activist, claims that more people need to consider why having a child in the world right now isn’t right.
His group is called Childfree Indians, and they choose not to reproduce because they think that existence is a pain, and not bringing a child into this world is a guaranteed way to avoid unnecessary suffering to the child.