Friday, June 15, 2007

Sometimes, a Lulu Has To Do What a Lulu Has To Do

You may have gotten angry about this issue, but you are at a loss on
what to do,
how you can help the family,
how you can make a difference,
how your voice will be heard by the authorities.

Let Lulu tell you now that you can help.
You can help by turning up at the candlelight virgil at Dataran Merdeka (at the flagpole) on Tuesday, 8pm.
If you watch the video, you would see a shot of some protesting of the Article 11 coalition. They look scary. Chances are, they are not voters.
But you are.
Turn up. Scare your MP. Show him/her that you disagree with how Article 11, Freedom of Religion is practised in Malaysia today. To your MP, your unhappiness, your protest is much more scarier because they need your vote.

yes, for Revathi and her husband, and others like her, Lulu will be there.

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Candlelight Vigil
There will be a peaceful candlelight vigil in support of Revathi, and many others like her, who are unable to fully exercise their Constitutionally-guaranteed freedom of faith.

The vigil is an initiative of civil society organisations including MCCBCHST (the Malaysian Consultative Council on Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism) and various women’s rights groups (All Women’s Action Society (AWAM), Sisters in Islam (SIS), Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO), Women’s Centre for Change, Penang (WCC) and Women’s Development Collective (WDC)).

Date: Tuesday, 19 June 2007
Time: 8 p.m.
Venue: Dataran Merdeka (at the flagpole)

Show your support in affirming the supremacy of the Federal Constitution and its protection of our fundamental liberties, including the freedom of belief.

Bring candles, candle-holders and banners.

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Summary of Revathi’s case:

Revathi, an ethnic Indian woman, has been held in a rehabilitation center run by Islamic authorities since January 2007 because she wants the State to acknowledge she is a Hindu and not a Muslim.
Revathi was born to Indian parents who had converted to Islam before her birth. She claims she was raised by her grandmother as a Hindu. She and Suresh were married according to Hindu rites in March 2004. Revathi was advised by the Malacca Islamic Religious Department to make an application at the Malacca Syariah High Court to confirm her status as a Hindu. She did as she was told.
However, the Syariah Court ordered her detained in a rehabilitation centre in Ulu Yam, Selangor under Melaka’s Syariah criminal laws for 100 days. This detention was extended in Revathi’s absence for a further 80 days supposedly because she had not “repented”. In the meanwhile, Revathi’s Muslim mother obtained a Syariah Court order granting her custody of Revathi and Suresh’s 15 month old baby. That order was enforced on Suresh’s Hindu family with the assistance of the police.
The family is now torn apart - with the mother in detention, the child with the grandparents and the father in limbo without his family.

1 comment:

kittykat46 said...

Hi Lulu,
Thanks for the highlight. I had largely forgotten the case.

The truth is , with one or two exceptions, most States in Malaysia have it as an offense to apply to leave Islam.
Given the Revathi was brought up from childhood as a Hindu, what the Islamic Affairs Department is trying to do to her, in substance, FORCED CONVERSION.

That's the substance of the situation, never mind the theoretical letter of the law.