Her parents were imprisoned by the Japanese, and put her under care of a Malay lady and Maria is raised as a Muslim and married a Malay teacher.
After her parents were released they demanded for maria back and court trail gave the custody to the parents and there is unhappiness from the malays. Riots broke out outside the court as Muslims felt that court had been unfair.
24hr curfew was imposed for 2 weeks.
What does the Maria Hertogh riots shows?
Shows the sensitivity of religious issues and the need to handle them with care.