Indira Gandhi group wants to meet IGP over missing daughter

Ravin Palanisamy

The Indira Gandhi Action Team will send a letter to Bukit Aman to request a meeting with police force leaders, in which it will request updates on the 14-year case. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, December 20, 2023.

THE Indira Gandhi Action Team (Ingat) said it would seek a meeting with the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) or his deputy to get updates on police efforts to find Indira’s missing daughter Prasana Diksa.

Ingat chairman Arun Dorasamy said he would write to Bukit Aman to meet IGP Razarudin Husain or his deputy Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay soon.

“This would be the seventh IGP handling this matter yet there is still no justice for Indira, despite the Federal Court’s ruling.

“Years have gone by and IGPs keep changing, but Indira has yet to get any answers.

“We will continue our efforts to seek a meeting with the IGP or his deputy to get the latest on Prasana,” Arun told The Malaysian Insight.

Arun also said he would meet Deputy Law and Institutional Reform Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department M. Kulasegaran over Prasana’s disappearance.

He said the Ipoh Barat MP had represented Indira in the case of her children’s unilateral conversion.

“Kulasegaran has enough knowledge on the matter as he was the counsel handling Indira’s case.

“With Kulasegaran now the deputy, we are hopeful for positive updates on the matter,” he said.

Indira, a former kindergarten teacher, has been embroiled in a marathon legal battle with the authorities in an attempt to recover her daughter Prasana, snatched by her ex-husband K. Padmanathan, who converted to Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Riduan, when she was just 11 months old.

Riduan converted Prasana and her two older siblings to Islam without Indira’s knowledge.

In 2018, in a landmark ruling, the Federal Court quashed the unilateral conversion of the children and gave custody of Prasana to her mother.

However, the police have not been able to find the girl and her father, for whom there is an arrest warrant. The saga has dragged on for 14 years.

Riduan is now a fugitive for violating the Ipoh High Court’s order in 2014 to return Prasana, leading a writ of mandamus by the court compelling the IGP to arrest him.

Despite her case setting a precedent for similar conversion cases in Malaysia, Prasana continues to be denied a mother’s care and her right to grow up as a Hindu.

Indira has filed a civil suit, citing police inaction in executing the warrant against Riduan. She is seeking damages and a declaration the IGP had committed tort of nonfeasance in public office.

Former IGP Hamid Bador during his tenure admitted knowing Riduan’s whereabouts and was working through an intermediary, but said extraditing him was complicated.

The Kuala Lumpur High Court has fixed four days from February 6 to hear the suit filed by Indira against the IGP and the government. – December 20, 2023.

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