Indira Gandhi to hit the road and share her story

Indira Gandhi has been given custody of her daughter whom she has not seen for nearly a decade. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: Kindergarten teacher M Indira Gandhi, whose daughter has been missing for over a decade, is to embark on a two-month “roadshow”.

She wants to spread awareness and gather information about the whereabouts of her daughter, 11-year-old Prasana Diksa.

Indira will be also be sharing how her ex-husband, Muhammad Ridhuan Abdullah, converted Prasana to Islam without her consent.

Indira Gandhi Action Team (INGAT) chairman Arun Doraisamy said the roadshow, which is being organised and funded by several NGOs and groups, will kick off in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, this Saturday.

The group will then proceed to Johor next week, followed by Perak, Penang, Kedah and Kelantan, he told FMT.

Indira is not attending this Saturday’s event, he added, but he will. She will be participating at all the events after that, to be held in each of these states every following week.

Indira had been battling in the courts for custody of her children and against their unilateral conversion to Islam by Riduan. Prasana was one year old in 2009 when Riduan took her away from Indira.

Muhammad Ridhuan Abdullah with Prasana Diksa.

Last year, the Federal Court ruled in favour of Indira, challenging her three children’s conversion. The court said both parents must agree on their children’s conversion to Islam, departing from another court’s decision that either parent can decide on the children’s religion.

The court also ordered the police to locate Riduan and Prasana and to return the child to Indira.

Arun, meanwhile, said INGAT, a task force that was set up this year to find Prasana, is confident of finding her. “We are very close,” he said.

He also said that if INGAT has the chance to meet with Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador now, the group will urge him to reclassify the case as a missing person’s case.

They will also share intelligence on their efforts to find Prasana with the police and brief the police on what the task force has been doing over the past 125 days since its formation.

Indira, when contacted, told FMT that she is unable to make it this Saturday because of an unavoidable matter.

She also maintained her contention that PAS-friendly NGOs, southern Thailand separatists and “Mualaf” followers of controversial preacher Dr Zakir Naik are involved in protecting her ex-husband.