Saturday, April 07, 2007

Malaysia's Islamic Officials Seize Baby From Mother Who Sought A Hindu Life.

The following article is from the International Herald Tribune. It is indeed a disturbing story and whether it has been reported or even mentioned by the local mainstream media, I'm not sure. (There is an article in Malaysia Today though.) Perhaps someone who has more information on this sad state of affairs can enlighten us.

Islamic authorities took away the baby of a Muslim woman who is living as a Hindu in defiance of the law in the latest case of religious conflict straining ties in multiethnic Malaysia, officials said Friday.

Revathi Masoosai's 15-month-old daughter was taken by the Islamic Religious Department in southern Malacca state on March 26 and handed to Revathi's Muslim mother, said department enforcement officer Mohamad Imran Ahmad.

"The baby's grandmother has custody of her for now," Mohamad Imran told The Associated Press.

Revathi, an ethnic Indian, is being held in a rehabilitation center run by Islamic authorities for her religious transgression. The baby was with Revathi's husband when she was seized. He has filed a police complaint, but it was not clear if he plans to take the case to court.

Meanwhile, the baby will stay with her grandmother. "When the baby's mother is released, she can try to regain custody if she wants to," said Mohamad Imran without elaborating.

The case, which was made public by the opposition Democratic Action Party on Thursday, highlights an increasing number of spats affecting the religious and family rights of the ethnic Indian and Chinese minorities.

Indians, who form about 8 percent of Malaysia's 26 million people, are mostly Hindus while some are Christians, Muslims and Sikhs.

Activists say a string of recent disputes have ended in favor of Muslims — who comprise nearly 60 percent of the population — and strained ethnic relations in this multicultural nation, which has enjoyed racial peace for nearly four decades.

Revathi, 29, was born to Indian Muslim parents who gave her a Muslim name, Siti Fatimah. However, Revathi claims she was raised as a Hindu by her grandmother and changed her name in 2001, said Chong Eng, an opposition member of Parliament.

Revathi married Suresh Veerappan in 2004 according to Hindu rites. The marriage has not been legally registered because Suresh would have had to convert to Islam first.

Revathi's official identification documents state she is Muslim because Malaysians who are born as Muslims cannot legally convert.

The Islamic Religious Department apparently learned of Revathi's case after she gave birth. Revathi was detained in January and taken to a rehabilitation center in central Malaysia where she is expected to be held until at least mid-April to undergo religious counseling, Chong said.

"Separating mother and child ... is inhuman," Chong said in a statement.

A custody battle would be complicated because Islamic officials and Revathi's mother would likely seek to try the case in Islamic Shariah court, which handles religious, family and personal law disputes involving Muslims.

Non-Muslims turn to civil courts to settle these issues. But the secular courts have generally avoided taking a position in such disputes between Muslims and non-Muslims, leaving it to the Shariah system, where verdicts have often favored Muslims.

****** As you would have read, the DAP has publicized the above case but there does not seem to be much news on it otherwise. Perhaps this is one reason why the likes of Zainuddin Maidin wants to 'monitor' and register blogs, so that 'inconvenient news' such as this can be suppressed easily and the government can keep on exclaiming "semuanya ok!"
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

First it was khalwat raids.
Snoop Squad.
Body Snatching.
And now..
Baby Snatching.

What's next?

Kafir kidnapping?
Suicide bombers?
Sectarian violence?
Sounds familiar?


Will some sane muslim please step forward & show us the true teaching of ISLAM.


5:14 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Muslim friend gave me a cat as pet, er... I hope those religious morons will not come to snatch the cat away.

1:02 AM GMT+8  
Blogger Billy said...

This is really beyond human behaviour and understanding for one human to snatch an innocent baby from his parents not matter what the reason may be. And despite this "persecution" on my Hindu friends, you still have some misguided Indians in Machap voting for the BN. God have mercy!

4:38 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a Malaysian Eskimo, my father is muslim but converted to Scientologists and married my mother who is agnostic. I have a dog. The authorities say i cannot keep a dog :(

3:52 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look, nobody cares if you want to convert to anything even animaltologies...but, just keep it to yourself and don't give bad influence to people especially Muslims. Keep it to yourself and answer it when the time comes, don't regret when the time comes because you couldn't beg for another life when you're there! So, I just want to say...repent now or stay quiet...Please go back to your basic...

10:45 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Religious rehabilitation when u are dead worried for your child? "Great" combination. This is indirectly manipulating a person's mind!

8:25 PM GMT+8  

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