Dutch court rejects man's request to be 20 years younger

Elias Hubbard
December 5, 2018

The court said 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'.

The freakish exercise was motivated by Ratelband's desire to make himself more attractive to members of the opposite sex on Tinder and other dating apps. Being younger would also boost his job prospects, he argued.

Emile Ratelband failed in his bid to lower his age.

"This is about my consciousness and my free will", he told CNN. "I can choose my own life and my own holiday and my own name and my own gender, so why can't I choose my own age? Why can't I decide my own age?"

Ratelband plans to appeal immediately, saying he will take his case to the European Court of Human Rights if that's what it takes. Those reservations ultimately prevailed, CNS News reports.

"The court found that there was no scope in legislation or case law to allow such a ruling", the Arnhem district court announced Monday.

The announcement explained that the priority is to ensure "accurate factual information" in public registers, and that allowing fake dates of birth would make age-related rights and responsibilities such as voting and attending school "meaningless".

Dutchman Emile Ratelband insists his quest to turn the clock forward on his birth certificate is not over, despite a judge on Monday dismissing his request to legally become a younger man.

The court also pointed out that if Ratelband's argument were true, one could make themselves 20-years-older, scuttling age requirements for issues like "the right to marry, the opportunity to drink alcohol and to drive a auto".

A statement released by Arnhem court, Netherlands said Mr Ratelband is at liberty to feel 20 years younger than his real age and to act accordingly. "This would have a variety of undesirable legal and societal implications". "My biological age is 45 years". The court's rejection of those arguments echo conservative concerns for the cultural, legal, mental, and emotional ramifications of erasing gender distinctions.

Nevertheless Ratelband sounded anything but deflated following the ruling.

"This is great!" he said.

Mr Ratelband, who works as a consultant and self-proclaimed positivity and self-help guru, said that one of the main reasons to have his age lowered is that he will be able to pick up more girls.

"We are living in a time of intellectual and moral chaos", Prager said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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