Wednesday, 16 January, 2019


69-year-old man asks court to lower his age to 20

69-year-old... sorry 49-year-old Emile Ratelband. Credit CEN 69-year-old... sorry 49-year-old Emile Ratelband. Credit CEN
Bennie Garza | 09 November, 2018, 07:07

"Whereas gender is something that follows you from birth to grave, " she said. Why not your age?

Ratelband says he wants to avoid age discrimination in society.

Mr Ratelband said: "When I'm 69, I am limited. If I'm 49, then I can buy a new house, drive a different vehicle", Ratelband told British newspaper The Guardian.

He complains that when he tries to get dates on a dating site called Tinder, he only gets women his age, in their late 60s. "When I'm 49, with the face I have, I will be in a luxurious position", Ratelband told BBC News.

Ratelband claims doctors have told him he has the body of 45-year-old man.

The pensioner has said he is ready to give up his pension if the court agrees to let him change his age.

The Arnhem city court in Gelderland province is expected to review the case and issue a written ruling within four weeks. He said he would be happy to forfeit his monthly pension of around 1,200 euros ($1,879) - a concession he estimates would save almost 300,000 euros ($469,859) over the 20 years he wants shaved off his age.

Should you be able to change your age? He also said his actual age has been a sticking point for potential clients concerned he can't "speak the language of young people" despite being more knowledgeable and experienced than younger competitors. My biological age is 45 years. Emile Ratelband told Dutch paper De Telegraaf.

Mr Ratelband said his legal appeal is consistent with other forms of personal transformation that are gaining acceptance and government recognition in his country and around the world.

The man is requesting that his birthday change from March 11, 1949 to March 11, 1969.

Adopting the playbook used by transgender people suing to alter their birth certificates, which often requires submitting to psychiatric evaluation, Ratelband agreed to see professionals to ensure he wasn't a "victim of the Peter Pan syndrome", as he put it.

However, changing one's birth date would mean legally deleting part of his or her life, the judge added. "But I'm not going to lie on Tinder".

The judge asked Mr Ratelband: "For whom did your parents care in those years?" Who was that little boy back then?' the judge asked.

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