[Ed. – Losers. Talk about age-profiling. Like the calendar and some pathetic government document like a birth certificate determine your age. (See our previous coverage of the case here.) Come to think of it, why should a court have any say in this at all? Why can’t Mr. Ratelband just identify as 49 and thereby compel everyone else to acknowledge his self-proclaimed truth?]
A Dutch court has rejected 69 year-old Emil Ratelband’s bid to legally lower his age by 20 years to match his self-identified age of 49.
Citing gender and name identity rights, Ratelband had petitioned the Netherland’s Arnhem district court to change his age. But, in an announcement Monday on its website, de Rechtspraak, the court rejected Ratelband’s request, since age requirements placed on activities like voting would become meaningless:
The court found that there was no scope in legislation or case law to allow such a ruling.
[U]nlike the situation with respect to a change in registered name or gender, there are a variety of rights and duties related to age, such as the right to vote and the duty to attend school. If Mr Ratelband’s request was allowed, those age requirements would become meaningless.
The priority must be to ensure that the public registers contain accurate factual information.