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Dutchman, 69, in legal bid to cut 20 years off his age

Dutchman, 69, in legal bid to cut 20 years off his age

Emile Ratelband, a media personality and motivational speaker, finds his actual age of 69 very limiting and has filed a lawsuit to have it legally lowered by twenty years.

"Transgenders can now have their gender changed on their birth certificate, and in the same spirit there should be room for an age change", Ratelband said.

Mr Ratelband's case has now gone to a court in the city of Arnhmen in the eastern Dutch provice of Gelderland.

The case has caused controversy in his homeland, with the Dutch edition of Vice, a news website, asking, "Is Emile Ratelband disturbed or accidentally extremely woke?"

He has asked for his date of birth to be changed from 11 March 1949 to 11 March 1969. "I agree with you: a lot of years ago we thought that was impossible", he said. My biological age is 45.

On Tinder, he says he gets no responses from prospective ladies - all because of his age. "When I'm 49, with the face I have, I will be in a luxurious position", Ratelband told BBC News. "I can take up more work", he said.

Ratelband has a history of outspoken comments and has described Osama bin Laden as a "freedom fighter with clear principles".

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The judge acknowledged Ratelband's argument, noting that the law does allow people to change their gender.

Ratelband argued that he is a "young god" and said changing his age would allow him to "live differently", saying he would get more matches on Tinder if he could put a younger age.

He told the court that he "suffers" as a 69-year-old and has been feeling "20, 25 years younger" than his official age, according to Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad.

The judge argued what would be of Mr Ratelband's first 20 years if he was to delete them from his documents.

'For whom did your parents care in those years?

He also said he was willing to renounce his right to a pension to ensure there were no unforeseen consequences of his age change. "Who was that little boy back then?" It is due to make a ruling in four weeks.