Police will now track down Indira’s daughter, following landmark ruling

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun says police will track down Prasana Diksa daughter of M. Indhira Gandhi.― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun says police will track down Prasana Diksa daughter of M. Indhira Gandhi.― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 29 — Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said police will track down M. Indira Gandhi's daughter who was abducted by her Muslim ex-husband following the landmark ruling that finally clarifies the issue of unilateral conversions to Islam.

“Yes, following the development today we will abide by the court order.

“I will instruct my men to track down the daughter and also the ex-husband,” he told Malay Mail this afternoon.

Indira's daughter Prasana Diksa remains with her ex-husband, Mohd Riduan Abdullah, who took the girl away after unilaterally converting all three of their children to Islam in 2009.

Prasana was just 11 months old then.

Indira previously secured a mandamus order compelling then IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar to retrieve Prasana and return the child to her mother.

Khalid previously said his agency could not execute the order, citing the jurisdictional conflict between the civil courts and their Shariah counterparts, which also issued an order in favour of Mohd Riduan.

Earlier today, Indira told reporters the police now have no excuse to ignore the court ruling.

The court today ruled that the Registrar of Muallafs (Muslim converts) had acted beyond the “limits of power” in registering the children as Muslims when conditions for their conversion were not fully met.

Justice Tan Sri Zainun Ali said, since the children were not present during the conversion and the conditions were not fulfilled therefore the registrar has no power to register them as Muslims.

She said the registrar misconstrued the extent of his authority in the matter and had “no justification” to issue a certificate of conversion for the children.

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