Malaysia’s Court of Appeal ruled consent of both parents must for conversion of children’s religion

The five-member panel led by Malaysia’s Court of Appeal’s President Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin ruled in an appeal on 29 January that the consent of both parents is needed to change a child’s religion. The decision declared the unilateral conversion of Hindu mother M. Indira Gandhi’s children by her Muslim ex-husband void. It further ruled that the word “parent” in the Constitution cannot be read literally as “both parents have equal rights”.

99-page judgment came after 14 months of deliberation. The panel consisted of Justices Tan Sri Richard Malanjum, Tan Sri Zainun Ali, Tan Sri Abu Samah Nordin and Tan Sri Ramly Ali.

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