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A 69-YEAR-OLD Dutch­man has gone to court to be made of­fi­cially 20 years younger.

The man, who says he iden­ti­fies as a 49-year-old, likened the change to peo­ple who iden­tify as trans­gen­der.

Emile Ratel­band has launched a le­gal bid to change his age by 20 years in or­der to im­prove his chances with women on dat­ing ap­pli­ca­tions like Tin­der and help with job prospects, ac­cord­ing to re­ports in Dutch me­dia.

“You can change your name. You can change your gen­der. Why not your age? Nowhere are you so dis­crim­i­nated against as with your age,” Dutch pa­per De Tele­graaf quoted Ratel­band as say­ing.

On Mon­day, he asked a court in his home­town of Arn­hem, in the east of the coun­try, for his date of birth to be changed from March 11, 1949 to March 11, 1969.

He told the court that he “suf­fers” as a 69-year-old and has been feel­ing “20, 25 years younger” than his of­fi­cial age, ac­cord­ing to Dutch news­pa­per Al­ge­meen Dag­blad.

Ac­cord­ing to the news­pa­per, the court is scep­ti­cal about Ratel­band’s case as there is no le­gal prece­dent in this area. It is due to make a rul­ing in four weeks.

Ratel­band, whose web­site de­scribes him as a per­sonal de­vel­op­ment en­tre­pre­neur, told De Tele­graaf he is a “young god” and said a change to his le­gal age would help him live life with gusto.

“If I put on Tin­der that I am 69, I will not get a re­sponse ... [As] 49, with that face of mine, then I’m rammed,” he said.

— CNN, Wit­ness Re­porter.

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