Rubber tapper P Marimuthu, who is seeking the release of his Muslim wife and children from the Islamic religious authorities, won custody of his seven children today. The Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) this morning agreed to grant the custody of the children to Marimuthu to be raised as Hindus. They will be handed over to Marimuthu later today.However his Muslim wife Raimah Bibi Noordin would still be in the custody of the religious department. She will be granted access to her children but would not be allowed to live with her Hindu husband. The agreement between Marimuthu and the religious department was made at the Shah Alam High Court.
updated some thoughts @ 8:00pm
Sorry for such a short newsflash. Saw it during lunch, and had a meeting to attend, so didn;t have time to arrange my thoughts.
Kittykat remarked that it was Raimah Bibi made a very severe Mother's Day sacrifice by "admitting" that she is a Muslim, and not contest her "re-education" in return for the release of her children to their father.
Uncle Kit records in his blog,
“Yes, I agree to surrender my children to Marimuthu,” she said, wiping her tears with the ends of her headscarf.
Marimuthu’s lawyer, Karpal Singh indicated that Raimah Bibi gave up the children as a compromise to end the family’s predicament.
This truly takes the Mother's Day Award in Lulu's books.
Secondly, many have noted that this is a precedent in in these non-Muslims marrying don't-want-to-be-Muslim-but-were-born-into-it cases.
Lulu has a very uncomfortable feeling on this. Did JAIS agree on this compromise because it was the correct thing to do in their book, book as in the Quran/Hadith/whatever prescribes their rules, or was it because of other reasons?
If it is for the former, then this will be a true precedent, and future cases will use this case as a reference, but if it isn't, then this will be a flip-flop decision, depending on when your case is heard, what the murmuring on the ground is, and [of course], what the political masters dictate.
Only time will tell.
In the meantime, do pray for the family, that they will be comforted and one day, be united again.