Mauritius: Treatment by culture and authorities of interreligious partners, like the wedding of the Hindu guy to a Muslim girl; state security available)

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Publication Date 18 January 2016
Citation / Document Symbol MUS105402.E
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Analysis Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Ottawa

The usa Department of State’s Global Religious Freedom Report for 2014 cites information from a 2010 census as saying that Hindus take into account about 48 % for the population that is mauritian Muslims account fully for approximately17 per cent (US 14 Oct. 2015). The exact same supply records that in Mauritius «there clearly was a stronger correlation between spiritual affiliation and ethnicity [whereby] [c]itizens of Indian ethnicity are mainly Hindu or Muslim» (ibid.).

A mauritian author and linguist, who has written a book on «interculturalism» and co-founded the Foundation for Interculturality and Peace (Fondation pour l’interculturel et la paix, FIP), an organization that promotes intercultural dialogue (FIP n.d.), stated that interreligious marriages are not common in Mauritius (Author 17 Dec. 2015) in correspondence with the Research Directorate. Likewise, A research Fellow who focuses on spiritual anthropology, including in Mauritius, and that is connected to the French National Centre for Scientific analysis (Centre nationwide de la recherche scientifique, CNRS) [1], indicated that interreligious marriages are [translation] «the exclusion» in Mauritian culture (Research Fellow 15 Dec. 2015). On the other hand, based on a Professor of social anthropology during the University of Oslo, who’s got conducted research on cultural relations in Mauritius for many years and it is nevertheless monitoring developments within that nation, «interreligious marriages are fairly common in Mauritius … (but hardly ever incorporate Muslims)» (Professor 19 Dec. 2015).

Both the Professor and also the author indicated the viewpoint that marriages between a Hindu guy and a woman that is muslim uncommon (ibid.; Writer 15 Dec. 2015). In accordance with the Professor, these marriages are «uncommon» due to «historical animosities between the communities and also the sex measurement» (19 Dec. 2015). The Professor explained the «gender measurement» within the manner that is following

All the things being equal, a married relationship between a Muslim guy and a Hindu girl could be more effortlessly accepted within the Muslim community in Mauritius, as it would then be thought that the girl would convert to Islam. The youngsters would become Muslims also. As soon as the girl is Muslim together with guy Hindu, the specific situation is less straightforward. (14 Jan. 2016)

Mcdougal suggested that differences when considering the 2 religions in addition to disputes between Hindus and Muslims in Asia and Pakistan are facets that discourage such marriages (15 Dec. 2015).Corroborating information could never be discovered among the list of sources consulted by the extensive Research Directorate in the time constraints for this reaction.

2. Therapy by society

2.1 remedy for Interreligious Couples by community, like the wedding of the Hindu guy up to a Muslim girl

Information about the treating interreligious partners by Mauritian culture, including Hindu men married to Muslim ladies, ended up being scarce on the list of sources consulted by the Research Directorate in the time constraints of the reaction.

In accordance with the writer, Hindu-Muslim couples, including Hindu males that are hitched to Muslim females, aren’t considered [translation] «examples to follow along with» in Mauritian culture and they and kids will be [translation] «stigmatized for life» (15 Dec. 2015). The Professor specified that in many instances, Hindu-Muslim partners would experience familial hardships, «sometimes to the level of ostracism» (19 Dec. 2015). In line with the analysis Fellow, such a few [translation] «would likely face extreme social and family stress that could lead in a few circumstances to mental or assault» (16 Dec. 2015).

Relating to sources, Hindu men married to Muslim ladies would face less familial stigmatization if they belonged into the top course (Professor 19 Dec. 2015; Author 15 Dec. 2015). The writer additionally noted that there is [translation] «less hurdles [to overcome] through the moms and dads associated with the Muslim girl in the event that Hindu guy consented to convert to Islam» (ibid. 17 Dec. Ohlala mobile 2015). Corroborating information could never be discovered among the sources consulted by the extensive Research Directorate in the time constraints with this reaction.

In accordance with the Professor, A hindu-muslim few could get «threats» from Muslim extremists, if the Hindu guy maybe not convert to Islam (19 Dec. 2015). The exact same source suggested however that «militant Islamism just isn’t extensive in Mauritius» (ibid.). Corroborating information could never be discovered because of the Research Directorate in the time constraints of the reaction.

2.2 remedy for interreligious partners by Authorities

Info on the treating interreligious partners by the Mauritian authorities, including Hindu men married to Muslim females, ended up being scarce one of the sources consulted by the Research Directorate inside the time constraints with this reaction.

In accordance with the writer, such a few would likely face [translation] «no threat» from Mauritian authorities (writer 15 Dec. 2015). The exact same source noted but the existence of [translation] «black sheep» within Mauritian security solutions (ibid.) without supplying further details. The investigation Fellow suggested that in theory, a blended couple that is religious never be afflicted by any type of [translation] «official segregation, physical physical violence or discrimination» from either the Mauritian state or the Mauritian authorities (15 Dec. 2015). He additionally reported but that [translation] «the authorities who will be frequently favourable to Hindus, could show ‘understanding’ towards individuals pressure that is exerting a couple that will not comply with social norms» (analysis Fellow 7 Jan. 2015). Corroborating information could never be discovered among the list of sources consulted by the Research Directorate in the times constraints with this reaction.

3. State Protection

Informative data on state protection open to interreligious couples had been scarce one of the sources consulted by the investigation Directorate inside the time constraints with this reaction.

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