At the following link is a story outlining how a father worked the legal and religious system in Malaysia in order to try and get custody of a 2 and 3 year old from their mother. Which btw, under Islamic Sharia law young children are supposed to be left in the care of their mother, until about the age of 7 or so, thus he was already breaking the tenets of muslim law even though a recent convert.
The mother reponded by ‘abducting’ the children to another jurisdiction.
This is one of the primary reasons I am very conflicted about private citizens involving themselves in these supposedly ‘parental abduction cases’ particularly when they involve a mother with young children (and to be clear my definition of young children is any kid under the age of 10, which unless abuse or neglect is involved should automatically be in the care of their mother)…as we never know the true circumstances involved and could be returning children to men who have been enabled to work the legal system.
There are natural laws that are far older and wiser then the laws of men, who have passed many rules and public polices to mainly benefit each other. Thus, I don’t accept as legitimate any law, rule or public policy that condones separating a mother from her child, unless abuse or neglect is involved. God, nature or evolution, whichever you believe had the preeminent role in creating our world, has already chosen the best, most obvious and natural caretaker to raise the young of every species, as well as our own, and that being is known as a MOTHER…not father, grandparents, the village, state, etc., but a MOTHER.
Those who don’t like it take it up with your deity.
Men who wish to improve the lot of children in this world can make a far more significant contribution by working collectively to keep each other from starting wars, for instance, as opposed to trying to fight every mother the world over for custody of her children…
I guess the bottom line, as always, is that each person must follow their own conscious on these complicated issues.