GEORGE TOWN: Kindergarten teacher M Indira Gandhi is thankful to Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran for pledging to get her daughter returned to her despite his busy government duties.
Her former husband, Mohd Ridhuan Abdullah, snatched the youngest of her three children, Prasana Diksa, who was 11 months old, from her in April 2009.
Kulasegaran, who is also Ipoh Barat MP, was her lawyer in the case to have Prasana returned to her. He was appointed minister last month after Pakatan Harapan won the May 9 general election.
Earlier today, Kulasegaran said he would meet Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohamad Fuzi Harun soon to expedite the process of finding Prasana and arrest Ridhuan.
“Despite being a busy minister, Kulasegaran constantly asks about my wellbeing. I regard him like my own family.
“I am truly happy and blessed that he is around to help me,” Indira told FMT.
She said Kulasegaran had promised her that he would meet the police “sometime soon” to expedite a court order to arrest Ridhuan and at the same time return Prasana to her custody.
She questioned if the police’s inaction on the matter thus far would be construed as contempt of court as the police had yet to fulfil the court orders.
“Why is it so difficult to find him?” she said, referring to Ridhuan, who was formerly called K Pathmanathan.
“It has been 10 years. He is not a terrorist. He has a passport; he must be working somewhere,” she said.
“Isn’t this a contempt of court? As an affected mother, the IGP has never approached me at all.
“The last I saw my daughter was in court about 10 years ago. She was 18 months old then.”
In January this year, the Federal Court set aside the unilateral conversion of Indira’s three children to Islam after ruling that any conversion of non-Muslim children must get the consent of both parents.
The judgment has been described as a landmark ruling, with the court also stating that only the civil court could decide on matters of conversion involving minors.