69-year-old starts legal fight to identify as 20 years younger
Abrar Hussain of DOT :
A 69-year-old Dutch ‘positivity guru’, who claims he ‘does not feel his age’, has started a battle to make himself legally 20 years younger on the grounds that he is being discriminated against on the dating app Tinder.
Emile Ratelband told a court in Arnhem in the Netherlands that he did not feel “comfortable” with his date of birth, and compared his wish to of those who wished identified as transgender.
Ratelband claimed that his official age did not reflect his emotional state which led to him struggling to find both work and love. He has asked for his date of birth to be changed from 11 March 1949 to 11 March 1969.
“When I’m 69, I am limited. If I’m 49, then I can buy a new house, drive a different car,” he said. “I can take up more work. When I’m on Tinder and it says I’m 69, I don’t get an answer. When I’m 49, with the face I have, I will be in a luxurious position.”
Describing himself as a ‘young god’, Ratelband argued that his doctors had told him his body was that of a 45-year-old man.
The judge conceded that the ability to change gender was a development in the law. “I agree with you: a lot of years ago we thought that was impossible.” But he then asked Ratelband how his parents would feel about 20 years of his life being wiped off the records.
“For whom did your parents care? Who was that little boy then?” the judge asked.
Ratelband, a motivational speaker and trainer in neurolinguistic programming replied that his parents were dead. He also said he was willing to renounce his right to a pension to ensure there were no unforeseen consequences of his age change.
At the end of a 45-minute court session, Ratelband said: “It is really a question of free will.”
Ratelband’s lawyer, Jan-Hein Kuijpers, said it was high time for the reversal of age.
-Source: The Guardian