External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was today trolled and abused on Twitter over a controversy involving the issuance of passport to an interfaith couple.
Last week, a Passport Seva Kendra official, Vikas Mishra, in Lucknow was transferred after the inter-faith couple alleged that he humiliated them when they went to the office with their passport applications.
According to the couple, he asked the husband to convert to Hinduism and pulled up the wife for marrying a Muslim.
A section of social media attacked Swaraj and the ministry for taking action against Mishra, claiming that he was just doing his duty.
Trolls called Swaraj, among other things, the possessor of an “Islamic kidney” and an “almost dead woman as she runs on only one kidney”.
Sushma Swaraj took on online trolls who targeted her over a controversy involving an inter-faith couple in Lucknow accusing a passport officer of bigotry. After returning to India from a tour of several European nations, she tweeted:-
I was out of India from 17th to 23rd June 2018. I do not know what happened in my absence. However, I am honoured with some tweets. I am sharing them with you. So I have liked them.
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) June 24, 2018
Here are a few tweets she retweeted:-
Biased decision #ISupportVikasMishra shame on you mam…is it effect of your islamic kidney??
— Indra Bajpai (@bajpai_indra) June 22, 2018
She is almost dead woman as she runs on only one kidney (borrowed from some one else ) and any time that can stop working .
— Capt Sarbjit Dhillon (@dhillonsarbjit2) June 22, 2018
Her reaction to the trolls was praised by the Congress.
No matter the situation or reason, nothing calls for threats of violence, disrespect & abuse. @SushmaSwaraj ji, we applaud your decision to call out the heinous trolls of your own party.https://t.co/qcB0qemRGZ
— Congress (@INCIndia) June 24, 2018
Here is the whole matter
A regional passport officer in Lucknow, Vikas Mishra, was in the eye of a storm for allegedly harassing a Hindu woman and her Muslim husband on account the latter’s faith. The woman tweeted to Swaraj – who was on a state visit in Europe at the time – and the alleged incident came to the attention of the media.
The woman alleged that Mishra told her Muslim husband to convert to Hinduism if he wanted his passport renewed. He also allegedly told her “it is a duty for a woman to get her name changed after marriage”. (The woman retains her surname.)
Mishra, meanwhile, refuted the couple’s allegations saying he was just following procedure. The officer, who a day after the incident was transferred to Gorakhpur from Lucknow, said the woman had a different name in her ‘nikahnama’, or wedding certificate, compared with her other documents, which is why he asked for more proof. He also denied saying “it is a duty for a woman to get her name changed after marriage”.
Nikahnama showed her name as Shazia Anas, she refused to endorse: Vikas Mishra
Mishra the official who allegedly harassed the couple had said in his defence that he was secular and had told Tanvi Seth that her ‘nikahnama’ showed her name as Shazia Anas, which should be endorsed in her file.
“For this she refused. If she had consented… We would have sent it to the ‘A’ section for data modification. We have to see which person is taking the passport in what name. There is documentary proof, how can we ignore that. I am secular and I have myself had an inter-caste marriage,” he told the media.
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