Interfaith marriage: Pew survey says most Indians oppose it!


Many Indians discern themselves and their nation as religiously tolerant but are against interfaith weddings, a poll from Pew Research Center has discovered.

Culture across various beliefs in the nation said avoiding interfaith relationships is a “huge priority” for them.

The study comes after legislation was inducted in many Indian districts criminalizing interfaith liking.

Pew talks with 30,000 people across India in 17 dialects for the research.

The interviewees were from 26 districts and three federally administered regions.

According to the poll, 80% of the Muslims who were surveyed said it was crucial to deter people from their congregation from the wedding into another belief. Approximately 65% of Hindus felt the same.

The poll also asked about the connection between belief and race. It establishes that Hindus “tend to recognize their religious individuality and Indian national personality as closely intertwined”.

Almost two-thirds of Hindus (64%) said it was very critical to be Hindu to be “completely Indian”.

The research found that despite communication of specific moralities and religious notions, partners of India’s primary religious societies “often don’t realize they have much in common”.

“Indians simultaneously convey warmth for religious understanding and a constant tendency for protecting their religious societies in segregated realms – they dwell together individually,” the research said.

Many head religiously separated existences, it added, when it comes to relationships, and “would prefer to resist people of specific faiths out of their residential regions or village”.

Weddings between Hindus and Muslims have long captivated condemnation in conservative Indian households, but pairs are also encountering legal drawbacks now.

India’s Special Marriage Act requires a 30-day observation duration for interfaith pairs. And some Indian states overseen by the governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have put up with additional actions, initiating regulations that prohibit “illegal conversion” by pressure or fraudulent standards.

It is in reaction to what right-wing Hindu organizations name “love jihad” – a baseless fraud hypothesis that impeaches Muslim members of attracting Hindu women with the single objective of converting them to Islam.

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