PETALING JAYA: Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohamad Fuzi Harun says the police will help locate the ex-husband of M Indira Gandhi, who has not surrendered custody of their youngest daughter in spite of a court order.
Fuzi gave his assurance on the matter following the Federal Court ruling today in which the unilateral conversion of the former couple’s three children to Islam was set aside.
“We will comply with the court’s decision and do whatever is necessary,” he told FMT.
He added that the police would soon be issuing a further statement to inform the family and public on the matter.
The landmark ruling today put an end to the interfaith custody battle that followed after Indira’s ex-husband Muhammad Riduan Abdullah converted their three children without her knowledge in 2009.
The court also decreed that only the civil court would decide on such matters, and that the word “parent” in Article 12(4) of the Federal Constitution should be considered in the plural, meaning both the father and mother, and not either one.
Indira however had lamented the fact that despite the ruling, she still did not have her youngest daughter, Prasana, with her.
“That is the saddest part. As a mother, I still have a lot of things to share with her. Especially this moment that we’ve been fighting for.
“It has all been because of my children,” she told reporters, speaking about Prasana, who remains missing after being abducted by Riduan in 2009 when she was just over a year old. Prasana turns 10 this year.
Indira’s eldest daughter Tevi Darsiny is now 21 and her son Karan Dinish will turn 20 this year.
Indira previously secured a mandamus order compelling former IGP Khalid Abu Bakar to retrieve Prasana and return the child to her mother.
Khalid previously said the police could not execute the order, citing the jurisdictional conflict between the civil courts and their Shariah counterparts, which had issued an order in favour of Riduan on the issue of custody.