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Karpal to file habeas corpus application for Marimuthu to be reunited with his wife and six children who had been forcibly separated from him for two weeks by JAIS
(Parliament, Tuesday) : DAP National Chairman Karpal Singh will file habeas corpus application for rubber-tapper Marimuthu a/l Periasamy to be reunited with his wife, Raimah Bibi a/p Noordin and six children (Yogneswary 12, Paramila 11, Hariharen 8, Shamala 5, Ravindran 5 and Kuberan, 4) who had been forcibly separated from him for two weeks by Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor (JAIS).
On 2nd April, 2007, seven officers from JAIS came to his house in Kampung Baru Tambahan Ulu Yam Lama, Selangor and told him that his wife of 21 years was a Muslim and that she and the six children must be placed in a rehabilitation centre.
Marimuthu, 44, had no choice but to let the officers take his family away.
He said an “ustaz” told him to convert to Islam or threatened to charge him for khalwat with Raimah.
Raimah, who returned to help him with the rubber
tapping work two days later, told him that JAIS had placed the family in the
nearby Kampung Melayu Liga Emas, a Muslim Malay populated area, so that the
neighbours can keep an eye on her daily activities and prevent her from
meeting with any outsiders, particularly her Hindu husband.
Marimuthu said that both of them were practising Hindus and they had got married in a temple according to Hindu rites and all their children were brought up as Hindus.
He said Raimah, who was adopted by an Indian Muslim family, cannot remember her adopted mother and her late adopted father had approved of their relationship.
When laws and religions are used to break up families, it is giving a bad name to laws and religions.
Noted constitutional lawyer and human rights defender, Malik Imtiaz have rightly commented on the Marimuthu family tragedy in his blog, Disquiet, http://malikimtiaz.blogspot.com/:
“The law requires that the welfare of the
children be the paramount consideration. The law also requires that all of
us be treated equally. And yet, it would seem that those amongst us charged
with the welfare of the nation and its citizens appear to think otherwise.
Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic
Planning Commission Chairman