unilateral conversion

AWL's Press Statement in respect of the Court of Appeal's decision in Indira Gandhi's case

  • Posted on: 12 January 2016
  • By: Daniella

12th January, 2016

 

The recent court of appeal decision in the Indira Gandhi case has cast a shadow over the rights of a non-muslim parent in a custodial dispute.

By subterfuge, Indira’s husband had unilaterally converted the children to the Islamic faith, without her and the children’s presence, knowledge and consent and later secured a custody order from the Syariah court. Such conversions were effected in defiance of the rules of natural justice, particularly where the children were born of a non-muslim marriage.