A Dutch requires that the legal age is younger than 20 years

Un Néerlandais exige que son âge légal soit rajeuni de 20 ans 

“I feel young, I’m sharp, and I want this to be recognized legally because I feel abused, injured and discriminated by my age,” he said.

A Dutch, “young God” the 69-year-old, unhappy to be retired and “victim of discrimination” because of his age on the labour market and in love, asks the justice of the rejuvenation of two decades.

Never been seen in the courts of the netherlands. The unusual but “serious” application of Emile Ratelband was left without the vote of the judges of a court in the south-east of the netherlands. The man wants his date of birth changed in the passport, from march 11, 1949 march 11, 1969.

“I feel young, I’m sharp, and I want this to be recognized legally because I feel abused, injured and discriminated by my age”, said this Thursday, November 8, at the AFP Mr. Ratelband, personal coach “, specialized in the development of self-awareness”.

“Why not have the right to change age ?”

The father of the family single indicates to have tried, in vain, to stop his right to the minimum old-age pension, saying they are upset to be right.

Before the court of Arnhem, Mr. Ratelband has argued at a hearing Monday, a request that “absolutely legitimate”, in the same way as those of persons of the same sex who have earned the right to be registered as such in their passports.

“Today we can choose our job, gender, orientations, political and sexual. We even have the right to change the name. So why not have the right to change age ?”, he asked. According to his doctor, the biological age of Mr. Ratelband is between 40 and 45 years, says the sexagenarian.

After having been confronted in a first time to the “sneers” of the magistrates, Mr. Ratelband believes that his lawyer, the questions and considerations for this renamed Jan-Hein Kuijpers, has managed to “destabilize” the judge.

“This case is unprecedented, there has been no case law. The chances of success are infinitesimal, but we believe that the law must evolve with the times”, commented to the AFP Mr. Kuijpers. The court in Arnhem must make a decision within four weeks.

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