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Malaysia's Islamic officials seize baby from mother who sought a Hindu life

April 6, 2007

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: 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.

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/04/06/...dy-Struggle.php

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- Romano   Malay Muslim Fanatics seize non muslim baby ..   Apr 6 2007, 10:52 PM
- - Romano   Malaysia's Islamic officials seize baby from m...   Apr 6 2007, 10:57 PM
- - -=(-_-)=- HI-hit   thats ridiculas   Apr 6 2007, 11:39 PM
- - Bhaskara   That's so mean!! Malaysians, pls answe...   Apr 7 2007, 01:25 AM
- - singapak2   another controversy in Malaysia.. whats next?   Apr 7 2007, 02:56 AM
- - firdausj   So sad to say that Malaysia is the Insane Society ...   Apr 7 2007, 04:50 AM
- - feleaz   It's pathetic for someone to separate a child ...   Apr 7 2007, 06:42 AM
- - feleaz   Why is this topic posted twice ?   Apr 7 2007, 06:43 AM
- - alibata   QUOTE(feleaz @ Apr 7 2007, 06:43 AM) 2847...   Apr 7 2007, 01:31 PM
|- - fadlee   QUOTE(alibata @ Apr 8 2007, 02:31 AM) 284...   Apr 7 2007, 07:04 PM
- - Astromantic   That's just fu-ked up.   Apr 7 2007, 07:50 PM
- - Goombaking209   that is hella stupid. what do those fanatics hope ...   Apr 9 2007, 02:06 AM
- - pancaindera   the religious authorities really have nothing bett...   Apr 9 2007, 07:52 AM
|- - swingdoctor   QUOTE(pancaindera @ Apr 9 2007, 07:52 AM)...   Apr 9 2007, 05:05 PM
- - VAMAN   THIS IS TOO MUCH TO HANDLE. I am well aware of the...   Apr 9 2007, 11:06 AM
- - TheaterOfPain   Allah told them.   Apr 9 2007, 05:07 PM
- - forrestcat   This is indeed sad and I disagree with it. But th...   Apr 20 2007, 05:31 AM
|- - swingdoctor   QUOTE(forrestcat @ Apr 20 2007, 05:31 AM)...   Apr 21 2007, 06:47 PM
- - forrestcat   I believe this matter occurs bacause the Muslim si...   Apr 21 2007, 08:00 PM
|- - swingdoctor   QUOTE(forrestcat @ Apr 21 2007, 08:00 PM)...   Apr 21 2007, 09:16 PM
- - forrestcat   I wonder whether this is the first case in decades...   Apr 21 2007, 09:42 PM
|- - swingdoctor   QUOTE(forrestcat @ Apr 21 2007, 09:42 PM)...   Apr 21 2007, 09:55 PM
- - maldini   sad to hear all these... this happened over and ov...   Apr 22 2007, 04:05 AM
|- - swingdoctor   QUOTE(maldini @ Apr 22 2007, 04:05 AM) 28...   Apr 22 2007, 06:17 PM
|- - maldini   QUOTE(swingdoctor @ Apr 23 2007, 07:17 AM...   Apr 22 2007, 07:07 PM
|- - swingdoctor   QUOTE(maldini @ Apr 22 2007, 07:07 PM) 28...   Apr 22 2007, 07:27 PM
|- - etano   QUOTE(maldini @ Apr 22 2007, 07:07 PM) 28...   Apr 23 2007, 09:39 AM
|- - maldini   QUOTE(etano @ Apr 23 2007, 10:39 PM) 2898...   Apr 23 2007, 07:07 PM
||- - swingdoctor   QUOTE(maldini @ Apr 23 2007, 07:07 PM) 28...   May 27 2007, 06:19 PM
|- - HangPC2   QUOTE(etano @ Apr 23 2007, 10:39 PM) 2898...   May 26 2007, 08:37 AM
|- - firdausj   [quote name='HangPC2' date='May, 08:37...   May 27 2007, 10:17 AM
|- - Betong   QUOTE(firdausj @ May 27 2007, 10:17 AM) 2...   May 27 2007, 09:57 PM
|- - HangPC2   QUOTE(Betong @ May 28 2007, 10:57 AM) 296...   May 28 2007, 12:44 AM
|- - firdausj   QUOTE(HangPC2 @ May, 12:44 PM) 2968936Aku...   May 28 2007, 02:30 AM
|- - swingdoctor   QUOTE(firdausj @ May 28 2007, 02:30 AM) 2...   May 28 2007, 08:29 PM
|- - firdausj   QUOTE(swingdoctor @ May, 08:29 AM) 297045...   May 30 2007, 06:45 AM
- - fadlee   Malaysia An Unusual And Complex Country, Says Prof...   Apr 22 2007, 07:25 PM
- - Bhaskara   Nope, there is no such rule in Indonesia. People a...   Apr 26 2007, 09:39 PM
- - Jasel   Wow that is crazy and disgusting   May 27 2007, 04:50 PM
- - HangPC2   sendiri paham lah kenaper ditimpa musibah mesti ad...   May 30 2007, 07:44 AM
- - Protoculture   So the lady in question was born a Muslim? OK, wh...   Jun 6 2007, 12:04 AM
|- - swingdoctor   QUOTE(Protoculture @ Jun 6 2007, 12:04 AM...   Jun 6 2007, 01:13 AM
- - Protoculture   Well, now's that certainly a mixed up one. Giv...   Jun 6 2007, 01:25 AM
|- - swingdoctor   QUOTE(Protoculture @ Jun 6 2007, 01:25 AM...   Jun 6 2007, 05:30 PM
- - Protoculture   QUOTEWhats the point, by definition the child is M...   Jun 6 2007, 11:00 PM
- - swingdoctor   QUOTE(Protoculture @ Jun 6 2007, 11:00 PM...   Jun 7 2007, 12:24 AM


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