A 27-year-old Indian businessman is getting some mixed reactions after he announced a plan to sue his parents for bringing him into the world without his consent.
According to the BBC, Raphael Samuel from Mumbai says because he didn’t ask to be born, he should be paid for the rest of his life.
He describes himself as an “anti-natalist,” a philosophical position that assigns a negative value to birth.
Samuel told the BBC he has struggled to understand why he was conceived since he was 5-years-old.
“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.”
Samuel says he does acknowledge that it would be impossible to gain consent from an unconceived human.
He has yet to find an attorney to take his case.
Another plot twist — both his parents are lawyers.
“I know it’s going to be thrown out because no judge would hear it,” he said, according to the BBC. “But I do want to file a case because I want to make a point.”
He later shared a Facebook post, supposedly written by his mother, saying “I admire my son’s temerity to want to take his parents to court knowing both us are lawyers.”
“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,” the post continued.
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