A 27 year old man, Raphael Samuel is dragging his parents to court for giving birth to him without his consent.
Samuel, an Indian business executive based in Mumbai told the BBC that he has been obsessed with the question of why his parents felt entitled to bring him into this world without seeking his consent.
Although Samuel admits it is practically impossible to ask a child for consent before he or she is born, he is acting in line with anti-natalism, a philosophy that argues that life is so full of misery that people should stop procreating immediately.
“There’s no point to humanity,” he argues. “So many people are suffering. If humanity is extinct, Earth and animals would be happier. They’ll certainly be better off. Also no human will then suffer. Human existence is totally pointless”
Explaining how he began to explore the idea of suing his parents, Samuel said: “I was a normal kid. One day I was very frustrated and I didn’t want to go to school but my parents kept asking me to go. So I asked them: ‘Why did you have me?’ And my dad had no answer. I think if he’d been able to answer, maybe I wouldn’t have thought this way.”
His mum, Kavita Karnad Samuel responding in a statement said, “I must admire my son’s temerity to want to take his parents to court knowing both of us are lawyers. And 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.
“His belief in anti-natalism, his concern for the burden on Earth’s resources due to needless life, his sensitivity toward the pain experienced unwittingly by children while growing up and so much more has been ruefully forgotten.
“I’m very happy that my son has grown up into a fearless, independent-thinking young man. He is sure to find his path to happiness.”
Samuel created a Facebook page to advance his cause a year ago.
The page called Nihilanand has messages such as “Isn’t forcing a child into this world and forcing it to have a career, kidnapping, and slavery?”, “Your parents had you instead of a toy or a dog, you owe them nothing, and you are their entertainment.”