THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) â Dutch motivational speaker Emile Ratelband may feel like a 49-year-old but according to Dutch law he is still 69.
A Dutch court on Monday rejected Ratelbandâs request to shave 20 years off his age in a case that drew worldwide attention.
âMr Ratelband is at liberty to feel 20 years younger than his real age and to act accordingly,â Arnhem court said in aÂ press statement.
RatelbandÂ went to courtÂ last month, arguing that he didnât feel 69 and saying 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 oneâs name or gender.
Ratelband, perhaps unsurprisingly given his background as a self-described advocate of positive thinking, was undeterred by the courtâs rejection and vowed to appeal.
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