One man is catching people off-guard with his claim that his parents didn’t have his consent when giving birth to him, so he’s looking to sue them.
Sporting a fake beard and pair of sunglasses, Raphael Samuel is gaining a lot of attention for his viral YouTube video explaining how he believes his parents should pay for his life.
Raphael Samuel, a Mumbai resident is suing his parents for giving him birth, says,"If life is imposed on me, then I should also have the right to death. If I don't have that right, I should at least have right to maintenance. I'll sue my parents&make it a legal right for a child" pic.twitter.com/KXlCLz0C8N
— ANI (@ANI) February 7, 2019
According to Fox News, Samuel, 27, is part of the antinatalism movement, which believes that procreation is morally wrong.
“I want everyone in India and also the world to realize one thing that they are born without their consent,” Samuel said in the YouTube video. “I want them to understand that they do not owe their parents anything.”
“If we are born without our consent, then we should be maintained for the rest of our life,” he added. “We should be paid by our parents to live.”
He went on to say that “basically, none of us have consented to be here,” adding that we’ve all come into life only by our parents’ “joy” and “happiness,” but “either way, we were not asked.”
This Mumbai man wants to sue his parents for giving him birth WITHOUT HIS CONSENT. Is it a political statement or a media stunt? Raphael Samuel explained his reasons to Brut India. ??
Posted by Brut India on Wednesday, February 6, 2019
The resident of Mumbai, India, told ThePrint that children “don’t owe their parents anything.”
“I love my parents, and we have a great relationship, but they had me for their joy and their pleasure,” Samuel said. “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’s mother, Kavita Karnad Samuel, apparently addressed the idea of her son intending to sue her.
“I must admire my son’s temerity to want to take his parents to court knowing both of us are lawyers,” she allegedly said in a Facebook post that Samuel shared.
She added that she would “accept my fault” if her son will “come up with a rational explanation.”
The belief in antinatalism could be because the population is hiking in India, which is the second-most populated country in the world behind China.
However, it’s unclear if Samuel would win in court.