Man sues parents for giving birth to him
Man sues parents for giving birth to him

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Man Sues Parents For Giving Birth To Him


Maria’s Midweek Mindfulness 


the Wednesday Whisper



A man is planning to sue his parents for giving birth to him ‘without his consent’. The 27-year-old from Mumbai is an ‘anti-natalist’ who believes it is wrong to put an unwilling child through the ‘rigmarole’ of life for the pleasure of its parents. Anti-natalism is a movement that is gaining traction in India as young people resist the pressure put on them to have children. They argue that having children is a strain on Earth’s resources and avoid procreation for environmental reasons.

As a mother myself I judged this man as a disgruntled, ungrateful son. Then I made up other stories of him being abused and misplacing his grief, so imagine my surprise when I read that he says he has a ‘great relationship’ with his parents. And his mother’s response to this lawsuit, “I admire my son’s temerity for wanting to take us to court knowing both of us are lawyers” and “I’m very happy my son has grown into a fearless, independent and thinking young man”.

Explaining why he wants to sue his parents, he says, “I want everyone to realise that they are born without their consent. I want them to understand that they do not owe their parents anything.” He further says that, “If we are born without our consent, we should be maintained for our life. We should be paid by our parents to live”. His message to children is not to do anything for your parents unless you truly genuinely feel like doing it and for parents not to treat their children as investments.

Having got over what I judged to be a completely preposterous proposition, I began to love the sense of boundary pushing and enquiry that such a conversation can bring. I just feel frustrated by the rationale for having this conversation through the courts.

Maria’s Midweek Mindfulness

I have often tested limits and boundaries in my life. For example daring to suggest (and then prove) that prisoners can mediate their own disputes. And I also feel angry and frustrated by the limits in our society where the most politically correct view trumps all other views and cannot be tested without fear of vilification.

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