Wednesday, April 04, 2007

UncleKit Drives in The Need For True Practice of Article11

Lim Kit Siang, the Opposition Leader in Parliament blogged about a case of an Indian lady born to Moslem parents who opted out of the faith.
Siti Fatimah was born in 1978 to an Indian Muslim couple. She was brought up by er grandmother who is a practising Hindu. She sees herself as a Hindu and declared herself as one on 21 Mar 2001 through a statutory declaration. She changed her name to Revathi Masoosai.
She is married to Suresh a/l Veerappan, a Malaysian Indian Hindu on 10 March 2004, against her family’s opposition. They could not register their marriage because of her religion.
She gave birth to a daughter on 19 December 2005 at the Malacca General Hospital. Two days later, just about when she was packing to go home, three men and a woman who introduced themselves as officials from Malacca Islamic Office came to ask her to hand over her daughter to them. She refused.
She was not able to register her daughter as a Hindu. In fact she had difficulty in getting her a birth certificate. She had to change her Muslim name to Hindu name in her identity card.
In January this year, Revathi was taken into custody and taken to Pusat Pemulihan Akidah di Ulu Yam, Selangor, for rehabilitation for 100 days. Her rehabilitation will be due by 18 April but her detention can be extended.
It gets sadder. Read it here.

Article 11 prescribes Freedom of religion.(1) Every person has the right to profess and practise his religion and, subject to Clause (4), to propagate it.

When will we get to see a real and true practice of Article 11?
Please excuse me while I go shed some tears for this family.


Anonymous said...

Lulu, all these current developments mean less chance that ppl like Lina Joy will find joy through her pending case.

team BSG said...

truth be told, politics is stronger than so called religion and it makes real people like us ( V think) sick to the core probably worst than cancer or maybe aids

some like this small sacrifice as told will be another drop in dA OCEAN OF LIFE...

Anonymous said...

To 'em, politics and religion are one and the same. Politics in the name of religion cannot be faulted, ie. The root cause of all problems here and everywhere else on Earth.