Muslim convert who lost custody of children to Hindu ex-wife allegedly abducts son

Muslim convert who lost custody of children to Hindu ex-wife allegedly abducts son
Izwan Abdullah, a Muslim convert, allegedly abducted his six-year-old son in Jelebu, Seremban.

SEREMBAN - A 31-year-old man, a Muslim convert, allegedly abducted his six-year-old son in Jelebu near here, barely two days after the High Court ordered the man to surrender custody of him to his ex-wife.

Izwan Abdullah arrived at his ex-wife S. Deepa's house at about 9am, on the pretext of wanting to speak with the boy.

Deepa, who heard Izwan calling out to their son, thought nothing of it and assumed her ex-husband merely wanted to see him.

"As my son walked towards the gate, my ex-husband suddenly grabbed him and ran off.

"I managed to grab my husband's arm but could not stop him," she said when met at the Seremban 2 police station here on Wednesday after making the police report.

Deepa said Izwan then got into a four-wheel-drive driven by another man and before speeding off.

She claimed that her clothes got stuck in the vehicle's closing doors, and she was dragged on the road for a few metres, suffering bruises to her back and left leg.

Deepa said she spoke to her husband over the phone minutes later.

"He said he was not afraid, and would do what he wished," she said.

On Monday, High Court judge Datuk Zabariah Mohd Yusof had awarded the custody of the couple's two children to Deepa, 30.

Zabariah also granted an application by Deepa to annul their marriage.

She said the marriage was automatically dissolved as Izwan had embraced Islam.

Deepa, who married Izwan in 2004, claimed that her husband had abandoned the family.

She claimed that in April last year, he took both their children to the Pusat Dakwah Islam here without her knowledge and converted them to Islam.

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