Dutch man, 69, starts legal fight to identify as 20 years younger

Emile Ratelband 69 previously converted to Buddhism- because he could

A Dutch "young god" just months shy of his 70th birthday has launched a legal bid to slash 20 years off his age as he looks to enhance his prospects at work and in love.

While some want to seem younger in the dating world, being an older member of society can also impact the chances of getting a job.

That's why the Dutch man wants to legally change his birth date from March 11, 1949, to March 11, 1969, the Telegraph reports.

"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. If I'm 49, then I can buy a new house, drive a different vehicle.

The entrepreneur and self-help guru says doctors told him he he has the body of a 45-year-old, and he's suing his local authority in The Netherlands after they refused to amend his age on official documents.

The public prosecutor in the court asked whether the ability to change a date of birth in the law would require health inspections in the future, to allow the state to correctly judge someone's "emotional age".

When I'm 69, I am limited.

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Mr Ratelband said: "I have done a check-up and what does it show?"

The case has gone to a court in Arnhmen, Gelderland, where it is expected to give a ruling within four weeks. "Nowhere are you so discriminated against as with your age", he was quoted as saying by Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf on Oct 27. If I'm 49, then I can buy a new house, drive a different vehicle.

We even have the right to change our name. "I can take up more work", he said.

And he says his move would also be good news for the government as he would be renouncing his pension until he reaches retirement age again.

Ratelband pointed out that transgender people are allowed to change their legal sex, citing self-identification as their grounds: those who identify themselves as a person of another gender, are allowed to insist on being treated, for all legal purposes, as a person with that gender.

"For whom did your parents care in those years? Who was that little boy back then?"

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