Love is very precious. It is the one thing that fills you with immense happiness and allows your spirit to soar beyond traditional boundaries without any regard to cultural taboos, if left unhindered, of course.
People also have been known to do really stupid things in the name of love. But regardless of how others feel about actions due to matters of the heart, it is ultimately a personal decision that should not be interfered with, especially by whole governments who position themselves as protectors of a person’s conscience.
This certainly seems to be the case of Maya (nÃ©e Maryam) who fell in love with an Indian boy whom she subsequently married, much to the chagrin of the Bahraini embassy in India who unilaterally confiscated her Bahraini passport; thus, perpetrating a clear human rights violation as the grounds of that surely illegal action was based on interference in one’s choice of faith.
Maryam converted to Hinduism on her marriage to Yadavendra.
That – to the clerks in the Bahraini embassy who should be reminded that they are installed there to protect and serve Bahraini citizens – is grounds enough for Maya to be excommunicated. Evidently reaching that decision on behalf of the State.
Maya’s passport has not been returned to her even after 20 years of it being confiscated. A fact that suggests full and unwarranted culpability of the government of Bahrain, resulting in her virtual incarceration and much hardship.
I urge the MPs and human rights activists to take up her case and render her the service that should be accorded to her as a Bahraini. Give her back her passport.
It is not up to the government to decide on an individual’s matters of faith, let alone those of the heart.