The Case For Not Being Born: What’s the Mumbai Man Who Wants to Sue his Parents Thinking?

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The Case For Not Being Born: What’s the Mumbai Man Who Wants to Sue his Parents Thinking?

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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ometime around noon today, I felt a headache coming on. I mentally ran through my options. I could either pop an aspirin, take a quick nap, or if I was anything like Mumbai resident Raphael Samuel, sue my parents for bringing me into this miserable existence. In a headline-grabbing stunt that has attracted the attention of international media like the BBC, the Mumbai man announced his decision to launch legal proceedings against his parents for giving birth to him without his consent.

Samuel holds that everyone alive was born without their consent, and that “nobody owes their parents anything”. Though children are not obligated to provide for their parents, according to Samuel, he obviously believes parents are responsible for the kids they bring into this world, which is why he is suing his.

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