'Hindu-Muslim Marriages Illegal'

May 14, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Times of India


KUALA LUMPUR: Islamic authorities in Malaysia insist they were right in detaining a Muslim woman who was living with her Hindu husband as their marriage was illegal under the country's laws.

Officials of the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) raided the home of a truck driver Magendran Sababathy on April 28 and took away his wife Najeera Farvinli Mohamed Jalali, telling the couple that their marriage under Hindu rites was illegal since she was a Muslim.

"Certain media reports had made out the detention to be a case of Jais trying to break up families. That is not true at all. The woman was detained on suspicions of committing khalwat (close proximity) because she was with a man," said Jais director Datuk Mohd Khusrin Munawi.