Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Hindu woman fights claim that she converted to Islam

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    • A Malaysian woman is fighting to establish that she is a Hindu, denying a claim by the government’s social welfare department that she converted to Islam in 1983.

      Siti Hasnah Vangarama Abdullah, who goes by her original name S. Banggarma, 27, was issued a conversion certificate when she was seven years old in 1989. Her lawyer Gooi Hsiao Leung said: ‘Clearly, you cannot convert twice.’

      The certificate lists Banggarma and her younger sister as Muslim. Banggarma, however, says that her younger sister was not even born at that time.

    • Kuala Lumpur