Sunday, April 22, 2007

"We are treated like animals, not humans"

I recently linked to two arguably silly examples of Islamist intolerance in Malaysia. Courtesy of Middle East Times, here's an undeniably tragic manifestation of radical Islam's culture war in that nation:

Two Malaysian Hindu men Thursday said that they were battling Islamic authorities after being forcibly separated from their Muslim wives in cases highlighting growing religious tensions here.

Suresh Veerapan issued a plea for help after his wife Revathi Masoosai and their baby were forcibly removed from their home and she was put in an Islamic rehabilitation camp.

He said that Revathi, an ethnic Indian and practicing Hindu born to Muslim parents, was sent to the camp for 100 days in January by Islamic authorities in western Malacca state.

Her detention was extended Wednesday by a Sharia court by 80 days, Suresh said, adding that Islamic authorities in March had also taken the 16-month-old baby from him and given the child to his Muslim in-laws.

"We are treated like animals, not humans, the way they have separated me from my wife and baby," said a weeping Suresh, adding that Islamic officials were now keeping him from visiting Revathi. "When I asked them why the extension, they told me she did not cooperate with the authorities there," Suresh said.

Revathi's detention is the latest in a string of religious conflicts involving Muslims and non-Muslims that have sparked outrage in multi-ethnic Malaysia.

(Emphasis added-DD)

As the article points out, this is not the only such incident to have taken place in Malaysia. Part II, Article 11 of Malaysia's constitution guarantees that "(e)very person has the right to profess and practice his religion", and non-Muslims make up 40% of Malaysia's population. In spite of this, Islamists have begun to successfully enforce Islamic Sharia law not only on Malaysian Muslims, but on non-Muslims as well.


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