Posted by: becketfund | April 6, 2007

Malaysia: Baby Removed from Hindu Mother by Religious Authorities

The Associated Press reports that on March 26, officials from Malaysia’s Islamic Religious Department removed a 15-month old baby from her Hindu mother in order to place the baby with Muslim relatives. The mother, Revathi Masoosai, was born a Muslim, but has practiced Hinduism from a young age. However, as she is still legally considered Muslim in the eyes of Malaysian authorities, she is not legally allowed to convert and her marriage to a Hindu man is not recognized. Masoosai is currently being held in a “rehabilitation” center run by Islamic authorities, where she is set to remain until mid-April to receive “religious counseling”.

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