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Dutch court rejects positivity guru Emile Ratelband’s plea to be declared 20 years younger; he had claimed being 69 hurt his prospects

The Hague: A Dutch court has rejected the request of a self-styled positivity guru to shave 20 years off his age, in a case that drew worldwide attention.

Emile Ratelband had last month asked the court in Arnhem to formally change his date of birth to make him 49, instead of his real age of 69.

 Dutch court rejects positivity guru Emile Ratelband’s plea to be declared 20 years younger; he had claimed being 69 hurt his prospects

File photo of Emile Ratelband. AP

He claimed he didn't feel 69 and argued his request was consistent with other forms of personal transformation which are gaining acceptance in the Netherlands and around the world, such as the ability to change one's name or gender.

But in a written ruling on Monday, the court said that Dutch law assigns rights and obligations based on age "such as the right to vote and the duty to attend school. If Ratelband's request was allowed, those age requirements would become meaningless."

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Updated Date: Dec 03, 2018 19:02:02 IST