69-year-old pensioner who 'identifies as a 49 year old' loses legal bid to reduce his age by 20 years

The self-styled 'positivity guru', Emile Ratelband, reportedly asked the court, last month, in Arnhem to formally change his birthdate from March 11, 1949, to March 11, 1969.


                            69-year-old pensioner who 'identifies as a 49 year old' loses legal bid to reduce his age by 20 years

A 69-year-old man has lost a legal battle with Dutch authorities, after he reportedly tried to reduce his age by 20 years, claiming that he does not "feel" like a pensioner and identified with people in the age group of 49. Reports state that his claim was rejected by courts, shortly after he brought it up with authorities.

The man, identified as Emile Ratelband, said that reducing his age meant that he would get work and it would work in his favor while attracting women on dating websites and apps like Tinder.

"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," Ratelband, who works as a consultant and self-proclaimed positivity guru said.

The self-styled "positivity guru" reportedly asked the court, last month, in Arnhem to formally change his birthdate from March 11, 1949, to March 11, 1969, according to the Daily Mail.



 

Ratelband argued that his request was based on other forms of personal transformation, like the ability to change a person's gender or name. However, a judge, in a written ruling on Monday said that the Dutch law assigns obligations and rights to its citizens based on their age "such as the right to vote and the duty to attend school".

The ruling added that the age requirements set by authorities would become "meaningless" if Ratelband's requests were allowed by the court.

Arnhem Court, in a press statement, said: "Mr. Ratelband is at liberty to feel 20 years younger than his real age and to act accordingly. But amending his date of birth would cause 20 years of records to vanish from the register of births, deaths, marriages and registered partnerships. This would have a variety of undesirable legal and societal implications."

The court, in the statement, also added that it acknowledged "a trend in society for people to feel fit and healthy for longer, but did not regard that as a valid argument for amending a person's date of birth."

Ratelband, in his claim, had said that he should be allowed to change his birthdate because doctors had told him that despite his age, he has the body of a 45-year-old.

Ratelband reportedly claimed that it is proven "when you behave like a young man, your body takes the same shape."