From morning this news is making rounds all over social media that a passport officer from Lucknow has humiliated the couple and rejected their application for being an interfaith couple. The women (Tanvi Seth) alleged that officer has shamed her because she married a Muslim man and not changed her name ever. She took to twitter and tweeted to Ministry of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj alleging mistreatment.
She tweeted “Hello Ma’am, I type this tweet with immense faith in justice and in you and ironically with a lot of anger/hurt and agony in my heart because of the way I was treated at the Lucknow passport office at Ratan Square by Mr Vikas Mishra the reason because I married a Muslim and not changed my name ever. He spoke to me very rudely and was loud enough for others to hear while discussing my case. I have never felt so harassed ever before. The other workers at the office acknowledged his rude demeanour.”
“Sushma Swaraj Ma’am I have never imagined that in a place like passport office we would have a people who are moral policing the citizens. He didn’t just put my passport on hold he even put my husband’s passport on hold. This is a clear grudge. I was shocked at this behaviour. I have never felt so insulted in the last 12 years of my marriage with my husband. It is my personal choice to choose a name I want to after my marriage. This is our family matter and the last thing I expected to hear at the passport office was it is your duty to change your name after marriage”. The couple even accused official Vikas Mishra for asking the husband to convert into Hinduism and take ‘pheras’ if he wanted to get his passport renewed.
Reacting to the incident, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) promised action and ordered a probe into the “humiliating” incident. The regional passport office transferred an official accused of humiliating an interfaith couple and expressed regret over the incident. The MEA also ensured that Tanvi Seth and her husband Mohammad Anas Siddiqui receive their passports today itself for which the Regional Passport Office (RPO) spoke to the representative at the Passport Sewa Kendra to get it done immediately.
But it’s only one side of story. Every coin has two sides, there is an another angle to this story also that erupted after the incident went viral. The accused Passport officer Vikas Mishra defended his action of denying inter-faith couple. The official claims that Tanvi Seth was carrying her Nikahnama or the Islamic marriage contract too at the time of interview which displayed her name as Shadia. The official said he had only asked her to get the name endorsed as on her marriage certificate her name was mentioned as Shadia Anaz. “Asked Tanvi Seth to get the name ‘Shadia Anas’ endorsed as it was mentioned on her Nikahnama, but she refused. We have to do thorough checks to ensure no person is changing their name to obtain passports.” The official said
The official further specified that there is a specific column which requires the applicants to declare if they’ve ever changed their name, and he has just asked the applicant to clarify that point. Mishra added that he acted completely as per rules and referred the matter to seniors.
The official also revealed that the couple had come to Lucknow from Noida to get their passport done on a short leave and they got agitated when he raised an objection.
The video is also getting viral on social media in which the eyewitness of the incident is claiming that nothing as being presented in media has happened. The officer has not misbehaved. He was just telling her to complete the documents and formalities. Even the social media is outraging over the transfer of official. The matter is also getting politicized by some leaders for targeting BJP and representing it as a communal party.
For doing his duty honestly,Media labelled Vikas Mishra a bigot. @SushmaSwaraj threw him under the bus.
MEA Gave passport to a dubious person without any background check
How can you transfer a officer without knowing his side.
This how you want Govt Official to work pic.twitter.com/cUKNfAjQp4
— Rishi Bagree ?? (@rishibagree) June 21, 2018
It’s a shame that passport official, Mr. Vikas Mishra, has been transferred in a Tughlaqi style, based on the media trial instigated by an identity-faker. By doing this, the Govt is setting up a precedent that nobody should question Muslims. Are they above the law?
— Sonam Mahajan (@AsYouNotWish) June 21, 2018
Seeing above events, still, nothing can be predicted as to whose claims stand tall. The Ministry of External Affairs should carry out thorough investigation into the matter. The arguments of both sides should be considered for arriving at the decision and justice should prevail.
Source : Timesnownews