KUALA LUMPUR: A support group for Indira Gandhi, the Hindu woman awarded custody of her daughter who was taken away by her ex-husband, has threatened a RM100 million suit against the inspector-general of police if cops fail to explain why Prasana Diksa could not be located and reunited with her mother.
The Indira Gandhi Action Team (Ingat) also said there are now fears over Prasana’s safety in the absence of government records about her.
“What has happened to her? We hope she is still alive. It is only fair to reclassify the case as a missing child,” said Ingat spokesman Arun Dorasamy, adding that there is no record of the girl being enrolled in any school.
“There is also no immunisation record of her and yet there is no record of the father leaving the country. Where is she?” he asked.
Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador, when asked for a reaction during a press conference today, said police were working for a “win-win solution” so as to protect the child’s welfare.
“While being in separation, both parties have been affected negatively,” he said.
“It’s not that we want to reconcile (them), but we need to think about the welfare of the child, and then we need to attempt to sooth the mother who is longing for her child.”
Hamid however did not say if Prasana has been found.
“The police have been working, but we don’t broadcast to the media because the issue is sensitive. The public might feel anxious.
“But I will work towards solving the case, towards a happy ending. That is my guarantee, I will not allow this case to go unsolved,” he told reporters at the Royal Malaysia Police College in Cheras.
Arun, who met officers at Bukit Aman’s Corporate Communications department today, said his group was left with no choice but to initiate legal action.
“There is a mother waiting for 11 years. How long more she should she wait?” he told reporters outside the Bukit Aman police headquarters.
“Our humble request is (for the IGP) to meet us as soon as possible.”
He said his group would file two legal suits next month seeking RM100 million for emotional distress and other damages caused by police inaction to locate Prasana.
Last year, the Federal Court ordered the police to track down Indira’s former husband, Muhammad Ridhuan Abdullah. Following this, a special task force was set up by police.
Prasana was 11 months old when Ridhuan took her away from Indira in 2009, shortly after he converted to Islam.
Ridhuan’s move to change the religion of their three children sparked a debate on unilateral conversion of minors, before the Federal Court ruled in early 2018 that Ridhuan’s action was unlawful.
Arun today questioned Hamid’s commitment to bring back Prasana.
“We had also hoped that the IGP will meet Indira and the police to update her on the action taken by the special task force,” he said, adding that Indira was “very determined to get her child back”.