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Officer harasses Hindu-Muslim couple seeking passports; gets transferred

The regional passport office on Thursday transferred the official accused of humiliating the interfaith couple

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Lucknow passport row
Mohammad Anas Siddiqui and Tanvi Seth wrote about their ordeal on Twitter and tagged External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj

The External Affairs Ministry has sought a report on allegations that an inter-faith couple was harassed and humiliated by an officer at a Passport Seva Kendra in Lucknow.

Responding to complaints from Mohammad Anas Siddiqui and Tanvi Seth, who wrote about their ordeal on Twitter and tagged External Affairs Minister on Wednesday, secretary, consular, passport and visa division, D M Mulay said he had asked for a report from the regional passport office in Lucknow and would take appropriate action. "Regret for inconvenience. I sought report from @rpolucknow Will take appropriate action," Mulay said on Twitter last night.

Siddiqui and Seth had applied for their passports on June 19 and took an appointment for June 20 at a Passport Office in Lucknow.

They were allegedly humiliated and shamed by passport officer Vikas Mishra before he rejected their application, they said.

Siddiqui said on Twitter that he and his wife were seeking "urgent action against this cruelty". Subsequently, Seth received her passport on Thursday.

"@SushmaSwaraj 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," Seth tweeted.

She added that the officer had spoken to her very rudely and loud enough for others to hear while discussing her case.

"I have never felt so harassed ever before. The other workers at the office acknowledged his rude demeanour," Seth said.

First Published: Thu, June 21 2018. 14:22 IST