JOHOR BARU, Sept 25, 2015:
A recently divorced mother of two has been appealing for the authorities to save her children who are believed to be in the custody of her former husband since early of this year.
Norbaizura Idris said she was saddened that as a mother she was unable to locate her two children, aged two and five months, and fear for their upbringing as her former in-laws are non-Muslims.
“It has been five months and I am concerned about their faith (akidah) and well-being.
“I don’t even know if my children are safe, as I am in the dark about who is taking care of my children,” said the 30-year-old secondary school teacher when met by The Rakyat Post recently.
Norbaizura said she was at a loss on what to do as the Johor Baru Syariah Court’s interim temporary custody on May 5 and Johor Baru Syariah High Court’s custodial order (hadhanah kekal) was granted to her on Aug 17.
Her 29-year-old former husband, who is a Muslim convert, has yet to adhere to the order.
In addition to that, she had also lodged several police reports at the Majidee police station under the Johor Baru Selatan police district.
Norbaizura, who hails from Sarawak and currently lives in Permas Jaya here, said she had also written several appeal letters to the Johor Islamic Religious Department (JAIJ), Johor state government and also to the state Menteri Besar’s Office for assistance.
Norbaizura explained that her two daughters were taken away by her former husband’s family about six days after she had given birth on April 23 at their family home in Bukit Chagar here.
She said she was initially granted permission to see her children, but was barred from bringing them out or even breast-feeding her newly-born baby.
“After a short while, my two daughters were not staying at my in-law’s home anymore,” claimed Norbaizura, who later said that she failed to locate her children and in-laws since April 27.
Since her ordeal started, Norbaizura said her lawyers had tried their best to execute the Syariah Court’s orders, but failed.
She also said that her former husband’s father was serving as police sergeant with the Johor Baru Selatan district police and had not been cooperative in assisting her case.
Meanwhile, Johor Baru Selatan police chief Assistant Commissioner Sulaiman Salleh confirmed that police had gone through the reports lodged by Norbaizura.
“An investigation is still ongoing and I urge all parties to be patient,” he said when contacted today.
Sulaiman added that the case had been classified as a domestic crisis and hope that it could be solved amicably between the parties concerned. -http://www.therakyatpost.com/news/2015/09/25/mother-appeals-to-authorities-to-help-take-custody-of-her-children/
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