Published On : Thu, Jun 21st, 2018

Interfaith couple get passport, officer transferred

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Lucknow: The interfaith couple who was harassed by a passport in officer in Lucknow and told to change their religion to Hinduism and take ‘pheras’ have been issued a passport.

The Regional Passport Officer, Lucknow, told ANI, “Their passports have been issued. A show cause notice has been issued to the official who was at fault, action will also be taken. We regret the incident and will ensure it is not repeated.

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Reports say that the passport officer has been transferred.

The woman, Tanvi Seth, alleged she was harassed by an officer at Lucknow Passport Office as she was married to a Muslim and had not changed her name. She tweeted to Sushma Swaraj seeking help, and said, “It was a humiliating experience, the officer was very loud & made attacking hand gestures.”

The woman, who is a Hindu, said, ‘We hope it doesn’t happen to anyone else. In 11 years of marriage we never faced this. Later officials apologized & we got our passports.”

In a series of tweets directed at External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Seth, who married Mohammad Anas Siddiqui, 2007, described how she and her husband were allegedly shamed by a passport officer named Vikas Mishra.

On the day of their appointment, the couple cleared the first two stages of the interview at counters A and B, but the problem started at counter C where one has to interact with an official.

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