Conversion of minors opens door to criminal charges, lawyer says

Raevathi Supramaniam

To compel the religious authorities to return her children, Loh Siew Hong has filed a habeas corpus application, which will be heard on Monday, at the Kuala Lumpur High Court. – Facebook pic, February 18, 2022.

THE unilateral conversion of three Hindu children to Islam may open the door to criminal charges against those responsible, a legal expert said.

Malaysian Centre for Constitutionalism and Human Rights director Fahri Azzat said the fact that a unilateral conversion occurred – despite a Federal Court ruling that a conversion requires the consent of both parents – shows a blatant disregard for the law.

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