Posted by: becketfund | December 6, 2006

Malaysia: Dispute over Religious Burials

The Associated Press reports that the dispute over how to bury the body of a convert ended after a week of arguments and parallel petitions in Malaysia’s Islamic and civil courts. Rayappan Anthony, who died on November 29, had converted to Islam in 1990 before converting back to Christianity nine years later. Though his family was able to produce evidence that he was Christian at the time of death (as stated on his identity card), the local Islamic Religious Council initially tried to claim the body for Muslim burial. Rayappan’s case is the second of its type to be seen in the country recently. One year ago Maniam Moorthy was buried by Islamic authorities after the Shari’a High Court refused to accept the testimony of the deceased’s Hindu wife as to the man’s religious affiliation.

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