Tinge of sadness as Indira waits to see her daughter (Updated)

29 Jan 2018 / 23:56 H.

PUTRAJAYA: After winning a nine-year court room battle, all M. Indira Gandhi wants to do is to hold her youngest daughter in her arms again.
Indira has not seen Prasana Diksa for more than 9 years after her ex husband Muhammad Riduan Abdullah took her away when she was just 11 months old.
"My daughter is still missing. I want to see her. I really need to hold her. It has been nine years. When is she going to come back? As a mother I have a lot to say to her," she said tearfully outside the courtroom, following a landmark Federal Court decision that declared the unilateral conversion of her three children to Islam as null and void.
Even though we have won this case, she is not here and that is the saddest part, she said.
"Especially this moment that I have been fighting for."
Indra expressed relief and happiness that her nine-year legal battle is finally over.
"I'm grateful to all the lawyers who stood by me. We have gone through so much. Thanks to the judges and all the people who were supportive of me.
"My elder two children are still waiting to hear the news," she said.
Indira added that the court ruling now forces Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Haron to act.
Lawyer M. Kulasegaran who represented Indira said the landmark decision specifically spelt that the civil courts can hear such matters.
"For nine years we went through this. This is an ultimate decision that was given today. We have to March on. Today surprisingly the Federal Court made the decision which the elected representatives of this country have failed to do," he told reporters outside the courtroom.
"This is for a lot of people whose conversion has taken place wrongly, to come to the civil court to have it done. The most important is the (definition of the word) parent. Now it must be both father and mother," he said.
He also said the unexpected decision was timely, as it coincides with the upcoming Thaipusam celebration.
"This is a gift for her to do more prayers for Thaipusam. It is not an easy task for us. We are very happy. I urge Malaysians who are in a similar predicament to take it up to court," he said.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun in a statement issued today said that efforts to trace and arrest Muhammad Riduan have been ongoing since 2014 after the High Court issued an order to return Prasana to her mother.
However, he said it was unfortunate that police were unable to track Muhammad Riduan down, although a media release urging him or the public to report information on his whereabouts to police was released in April 2016.
He said police had also sent two letters to Indira's lawyer on updates and the steps taken by police in tracing her husband in June and July last year.
Mohamad Fuzi urged the public to alert police if they had information on Muhammad Riduan.


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