Passport office official in Lucknow who insulted an interfaith couple was today transferred to another location, reported .
The ministry of external affairs has also sought a report from the Lucknow office about the unsavoury episode from yesterday that involved the official, Vikas Mishra, asking a Muslim to convert to Hinduism if he wanted his passport renewed. A show cause notice has also been issued to Misra.
In addition, the couple’s passport renewals that were beings stalled have been approved as of today, reported .
“We regret the incident and will ensure it is not repeated,” said Lucknow’s regional passport officer, said .
The incident came to light when Lucknow woman Tanvi Seth tweeted to external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj about the mistreatment she and her husband Anas Siddiqui faced from the official, Mishra, at the Passport Sewa Kendra at Lucknow’s Ratan Square.
“When I reached counter C5, the official, Vikas Mishra, told me there was an issue with my file since I had married a Muslim, and yet retained my maiden name. He shouted at me and insulted me in front of everyone and sent me to the office of an additional passport officer, who was sympathetic to me and asked me to reach the main branch in Gomtinagar on Thursday,” said Tanvi, who has a six-year-old daughter with Anas.
Tanvi said all her documents were in order but her file was still staled. The official also called out Anas’s name in front of everyone and insulted him, too.
<>“He told Anas to convert to Hinduism for his passport to be renewed. This is a case of moral policing and religious prejudice. I was made to feel insulted; I broke down,” said Tanvi in a tweet addressed to Swaraj.
In a five-part tweet to the minister, and also in an email to her, Tanvi also said that she was also asked to “change her name as is the duty of all girls after marriage”. In addition, her husband Anas was asked to “convert to Hinduism and take pheras” if he wanted his passport renewed, she alleged.
“I tweet this 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,” said Tanvi in her Tweet.
“I 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 marriage,” said Tanvi.>