Muslim dad loses appeal over daughter

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A MUSLIM dad who fears his dual-heritage daughter’s “cultural and religious” needs are not being met by the white-British grandmother with whom she lives has failed to win the backing of Appeal Court judges.

The little girl, aged under five, has been living with her maternal grandmother for more than three years due to her parents’ volatile relationship. In May last year, Judge Annabel Carr QC ruled at Sheffield County Court that it was in her best interests to stay there.

Judge Carr appointed the grandmother the girl’s “special guardian”, but the father objected, voicing anxieties that she would not be brought up with sufficient sympathy for her cultural and religious background.

However, refusing to intervene on the father’s behalf, top family judge Lady Justice Black said both the father and the mother had “caused trouble” over the grandmother’s care of their daughter, but had no justifiable cause for complaint.

She upheld Judge Carr’s decision to ban the parents for more than two years from making any further court applications to get their daughter back, saying there was no merit in the father’s plea.