Convert took my son, says ex-wife

Convert took my son, says ex-wife

SEREMBAN - Barely two days after the High Court here ordered a man who had converted to Islam to surrender his two young children to his former wife, he is said to have kidnapped the younger child from the latter's house in Jelebu, near here.

His ex-wife S. Deepa said Izwan Abdullah, 31, arrived at her house at Rumah Rakyat Sungai Rotan at 9am with another man and initially called out the name of his six-year-old son.

Deepa, who heard Izwan's calls, said she thought her ex-husband - who works with the Islamic NGO Yayasan Kasih Sayang Negeri Sembilan - missed the boy and merely wanted to see him.

"As my son walked towards the gate, my ex-husband suddenly grabbed him and ran off. I gave chase and managed to grab my ex-husband's arm but could not stop him," she said when met at the Seremban 2 police station here.

Deepa, a clerk, said Izwan then got into a four-wheel-drive vehicle driven by the other man and they sped off.

She claimed that the nightie she was wearing got stuck in the vehicle door and she was dragged a couple of metres.

"I managed to free myself but fell backwards on the tar road and suffered bruises and cuts to my back and left leg," she said, adding that her son was screaming and calling out for her when he was forcefully taken away.

Deepa said she managed to reach Izwan on his mobile phone minutes later but he told her that she was free to do whatever she wanted.

"He said he was not afraid and would do as he wished," she claimed, adding that their nine-year-old daughter was also at home when the incident happened.

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

Justice Zabariah also granted an application by Deepa to annul their marriage, saying the union was automatically dissolved as Izwan had embraced Islam.

Justice Zabariah, who made her decision in chambers, also said that custody should go to Deepa as the couple were married under civil law.

Deepa, who married Izwan in 2004, had during an interview with The Star in June last year claimed that her husband had abandoned the family in February the previous year.

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

Last Aug 26, Izwan obtained temporary custody of the children from the Syariah Court.

However, Deepa said she had no knowledge of the temporary custody obtained by her husband.

Deepa said she was now worried that her ex-husband would kidnap their daughter.

Women's Aid Organisation (WAO) advocacy officer Sally Wangsawijaya said contempt proceedings would be filed against Izwan.

"In fact, Deepa applied for an interim protection order against her husband last August for alleged assault and the case is still pending.

"We hope the cops will do their best to locate Deepa's six-year-old son as we are concerned about his safety," she added.

Also present at the police station was WAO social worker Umadevi Rajah Denram.

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