Ethnic Indian Hindu children converted in Malaysia

published on June 25, 2013

Two minor ethnic Indian Hindu children in Malaysia have been converted to Islam without their mother’s consent, triggering protests from the country’s Bar Council which called unilateral conversion as illegal. According to a media report, ethnic Indian Hindu woman identified as S Deepa, 29, from Jelebu, discovered that her husband, who left her 16 months ago, had converted their two children without her knowledge.

The husband alleged that Deepa had been having an affair with another man and could not take care of their children.

Citing the Federal Constitution, Bar Council president Christopher Leong said one parent did not have the right to convert the children without the other’s knowledge.

“The unilateral conversion of minors to any religion by a parent, without the knowledge or consent of the non-converting parent, creates social injustice, violates the rights of the non-converting parent, and is contrary to our constitutional scheme,” he said in a statement.

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