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Mauritius police to quiz opposition MP over use of Creole quote

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Mauritius police to quiz opposition MP over use of Creole quote
Joanna Berenger. Photo: Defi Media

Mauritius Opposition MP Joanna Bérenger (MMM) has been summoned  by the Central Criminal Investigation Department (CCID) this Friday 20 January at 1.30 pm.

The summons follows a complaint filed by Hindu House President Luxshmee Ramdhun-Bundhun on 18 July 2022, Defi Media reported.

In her statement, she claimed that a Facebook post by the MP for Vacoas-Floréal caused harm to the reputation of the Hindu community.

Outcry

Bérenger had referred to an old creole expression “Manz bondie, kaka diab” (presenting oneself as being religious, but acting as the devil). This provoked an outcry from certain Hindu socio-cultural associations and the government. 

In a later post, Joanna Bérenger had declared that the quote had been taken out of context and that “at no time did I insult any religion”.

MMM Secretary General Rajesh Bhagwan has denounced the police action, claiming there is an attempt to “create a diversion at a time when confidence in government is at its lowest ebb”.

Source: Defi Media

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