Indian Man Wants To Sue His Parents For Birthing Him ithout Consent
A young Indian guy has chosen to sue his parents for giving birth to him without his approval. It does seem like this would be satire, but “anti-natalist” Raphael Samuel is in the forefront of a social movement that is so new it barely has a name.
“I love my parents,” Samuel insists, “but they had me for their joy and their pleasure.” The Mumbai resident says his life has been “amazing” – he just doesn’t believe it should have been forced on him, and he certainly doesn’t want to inflict it on someone else.
“I don’t see why I should put another life through the rigmarole of school and finding a career, especially when they didn’t ask to exist,” he told Indian outlet the Print.
“Anti-natalism” — a mindful, morally-influenced option not to reproduce — seems to be catching on in India, with multiple Facebook bands and real life meetups springing up to serve this odd outgrowth of their child-free movement. It has linked up with all the decades-old Voluntary Human Extinction Movement, an environmentalist present that basically posits the world are a better place if individuals gently died out, also brought”closeted” child-free Indian couples that say they’ve faced judgment, even persecution in their communities and families for choosing not to have offspring.
Posting as Nihilanand on Facebook, Samuel shares droll memes (“Isn’t forcing a child into this world and then forcing it to have a career kidnapping and slavery?”) featuring photos of himself sporting a billowing black beard.
Though some child-free activists tout the environmental benefits of not replicating, and a 2017 research proclaimed having one fewer child was among the most effective ways to reduce the carbon footprint, environmental and population scientists point out that fertility rates are falling — both in India and elsewhere in the world — and voiced skepticism that such a movement has been necessary.
It is tempting to attribute Indian government coverage for the rise of the anti-natalists: the world’s second-most-populous country has been encouraging little family sizes for decades, with door-to-door campaigns urging young couples to stop at two kids and even doling out financial incentives to poor families who opt not to replicate.
The anti-natalists – currently operating as “Stop Making Babies,” though the name is subject to change – plan to hold their first national conference on Sunday in Bengaluru. While the movement has reportedly been percolating among young Indians for some time, this is their first serious attempt to organize in real life. They say their goal is to establish a national-level organization to spread awareness about child-free living.
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