Teo: Court set ‘dangerous precedent’ in Deepa custody case

Teo-Nie-ChingPETALING JAYA: The Federal Court has set a “very dangerous precedent” by granting Izwan Abdullah custody of his son, said Kulai lawmaker Teo Nie Ching.

“So from now on, a parent who has lost the custody battle in court can run away with the child and hide for a few years, then come to court and file an application to vary the earlier court order by saying the child has already settled down with him or her,” she said, in a statement today.

Teo was commenting on the recent Federal Court decision regarding an interfaith custody battle between Muslim convert Izwan and his Hindu ex-wife S Deepa.

A couple of days ago, the court awarded custody of the couple’s son V Mithran, to Izwan and the daughter V Sharmila, to Deepa.

Both children were unilaterally converted to Islam in 2012 by Izwan without Deepa’s knowledge.

In 2014, the Seremban High Court announced the dissolution of the couple’s marriage under the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act and granted Deepa custody of her two children.

Izwan, however, snatched Mithran from her two days later.

Teo also said the Federal Court was wrong “to vary the High Court custody order” by deciding that the son remain with the father on the grounds the child has already settled down with Izwan.

Teo also pointed out that Izwan should have been held in contempt of court instead when he failed to obey the order of the Seremban High Court by abducting his son.

“A parent that would resort to illegal or immoral means to achieve an objective would not set a good example or be a role model to the children.