Dutch­man su­ing to change le­gal age

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - News -

ARN­HEM – A Dutch “pos­i­tiv­ity trainer” has launched a le­gal bat­tle to change his age and boost his dat­ing prospects.

Emile Ratel­band, 69, wants to shift his birth date from March 11, 1949, to March 11, 1969, com­par­ing the change to iden­ti­fy­ing as be­ing trans­gen­der.

“We live in a time when you can change your name and change your gen­der. Why can’t I de­cide my own age?”

A lo­cal court in the eastern city of Arn­hem is ex­pected to rule on the case within four weeks.

How­ever, of­fi­cials were scep­ti­cal about the case, be­liev­ing there was no le­gal mech­a­nism al­low­ing a per­son to change their birth date, lo­cal re­ports said.

Ratel­band ar­gued that he feels dis­crim­i­nated against be­cause of his age, and that it was af­fect­ing his em­ploy­ment chances and his suc­cess rate on the dat­ing app, Tin­der.

He fur­ther ar­gued that ac­cord­ing to his doc­tors he has the body of a 45-year-old, and de­scribed him­self as a “young god”.

Ratel­band also said he would re­nounce his pen­sion if he suc­ceeded in get­ting his birth date switched.


Emile Ratel­band

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