A 27-year-old man, who believed having children is like ‘kidnapping and slavery’, has concluded plans to sue his parents for giving birth to him without his consent.
Indian Raphael Samuel believes it is wrong to put an unwilling child through the ‘rigmarole’ of life for the pleasure of its parents.
Samuel, who is an anti-natalist, said he has a ‘great relationship’ with his parents.
The anti-natalist movement is gaining traction in India as younger people resist social pressure to have children.
“I love my parents, and we have a great relationship, but they had me for their joy and their pleasure.
“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,” he said in a The Print report.
Samuel runs a Facebook page called
One image is captioned ‘parents are hypocrites’, with the text saying:
‘A good parent puts the child above is wants and needs… but the child itself is a want of the parent’.
A similar meme posted on the Facebook page reads:
‘If parents truly know what is good for their children… why did they have them?’
‘Isn’t forcing a child into this world and then forcing it to have a career kidnapping and slavery?’.
In yet another picture he writes:
‘The only reason your children are facing problems is because you had them’.
Some anti-natalist activists in India also argue that having children is a strain on Earth’s resources and avoid procreation for environmental reasons.
Another activist, Pratima Naik, said:
‘We don’t want to impose our beliefs on anyone, but more people need to consider why having a child in the world right now isn’t right.’
His page, entitled Childfree India, wrote last month:
‘Should we continue to bring more children in this world and accelerate the process of environmental and social degradation?
‘Do you think existence is
‘We are a group of people who have decided not to reproduce. We are Childfree Indians!’’