Hindu mother Deepa Subramaniam, who works as a restaurant manager, has strongly hit out against all those who declared her children – 8-year-old Mithran, and 11-year-old Sharmila – Muslims
Speaking exclusively to The Malaysian Insider, she said:
To me, both of them are still Hindus. Who are they, those who pronounced my children as Muslims, to decide on the faith of my children?
I am a Hindu, I got married as a Hindu to a Hindu man.
I conceived and gave birth as a Hindu. So how can my children be Muslims?
I will raise and treat my children as Hindus.
After all, he is the one who left me, had an affair with a Malay girl and so on.
And by the way, in my 10 years of marriage, he not only physically abused me, he also did not provide for us financially. He is also a known bad hat with a police record. Just get him to open his shirt, it’s full of gang tattoos. But suddenly now his past record seems to have been forgotten after he converted.
When asked what is her next course of action, Deepa said:
I still want justice and I will continue to fight for it without fear. If this country does not give people like me justice, Malaysia will be the laughing stock of the world. I will consult my lawyers and Women’s Aid on what to do next legally.
In the meantime, I will continue to work hard to give my children a good education and to raise them right. I am not rich but I work very hard. I am also thankful to the lawyers and NGOs who have helped me a lot.
She also made the other thing clear that Izwan Abdullah, her Muslim convert ex-husband, has no business advising her to embrace Islam
She also took issue with the justice system in Malaysia, which rewarded Izwan custody of her son despite him defying a court order in 2014, which granted Deepa custody of both children.
“We need better laws to safeguard women like me, when husbands go off and fall in love with Muslim women, and we end up being denied all our rights. What kind of justice is this? But what is worse is that there are many other women in our predicament who are afraid to come out in the open. They are so afraid to lose the children to their Muslim-convert spouses, that they are also embracing the religion, this is not right. It makes Islam look as if it forces people to convert,” Deepa said.
When asked about how she feels about the Federal Court awarding custody of her son to her ex, she told The Malaysian Insider:
It’s heart-breaking and frustrating. I was looking forward to being reunited with my son because he was kidnapped and I trusted the court to rule in my favour.
I don’t understand how they could have just asked the children right then about who they wanted to live with. They should have given my son space to live with me and then interview him later, since he was forcibly taken away from me.