Child conversions: Federal Court decides jurisdiction lies with civil courts

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The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) welcomes the landmark decision by the Federal Court in its unanimous decision on Indira Gandhi’s case.

We commend the Federal Court’s bold action in exercising justice and integrity in addressing this case. The decision not only upholds the supremacy of the Federal Constitution but also embodies the spirit of the Federal Constitution in upholding justice.

The Federal Court decision makes absolutely clear that it is the civil High Court that has jurisdiction to hear this case involving the validity of the conversions of the minor children. We applaud the Federal Court decision in considering the paramount interest of the child and how such conversion may affect the child and their upbringing.

The conclusion of this case marks a monumental moment in our history, and we hope that Indira Gandhi would be able to be swiftly reunited with her daughter. This decision is a testament to Indira’s perseverance in enduring this uphill battle which has finally come to an end after a decade.

JAG is hopeful that this decision signifies the beginning of building a more equitable country. JAG urges the police and immigration officers to take action to hasten the reunification of Indira Gandhi with her daughter.

JAG also urges Muslim groups to respect the decision of the Federal Court and to uphold the decision of the court in a dignified manner.

Endorsed by the Joint Action Group for Gender Equality:

  • Sisters in Islam (SIS)
  • All Women’s Action Society (Awam)
  • Perak Women for Women Society (PWW)
  • Persatuan Kesadaran Komuniti Selangor (Empower)
  • Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO)
  • Sabah Women’s Action Resource Group (Sawo)
  • Women Centre for Change (WCC)
  • Association Women’s Lawyer (AWL)
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