KUALA LUMPUR, 22 April 2009: The Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) will appeal to the Council of Rulers to help resolve the unilateral conversions of minors to Islam.
The non-Muslim multi-faith group also wants measures to be put in place to prevent the syariah courts from deciding on non-Muslims until the civil courts have decided.
The group said this during a press conference today at the Buddhist Maha Vihara in Brickfields.
The press conference was called to address the predicament faced by M Indira Gandhi, 34, whose three children have been converted to Islam by her 40-year-old husband without her consent.
Her youngest child, a one-year-old baby, was taken away from her by her husband, now known by his Muslim name of Mohd Ridzuan Abdullah, and converted to Islam.
Mohd Ridzuan also converted their two older children, who remain with their mother, merely by producing their birth certificates.
The MCCBCHST wants the one-year-old to be immediately returned to Indira Gandhi.
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I read with great sadness that this matter cropped up in this modern society. We are behind this MCCBCHST appealing the council of rulers to rectify this matter. How can one parent in proper mind convert minors which were born in the religion of their birth to any other religion? Both parents (mother and father) must agree if involving minors. Is this happening in our land only?