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Lucknow Passport Officer Transferred For Harassing Inter-Faith Couple, Probe Ordered

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| June 21 , 2018 , 12:36 IST

An official at the Lucknow Regional Passport office, identified as Vikas Mishra was transferred on Thursday for allegedly harassing an interfaith couple married for 12 years who were trying to get their passports.

Mohammad Anas Siddiqui and Tanvi Seth in Lucknow, married since 2007 and having a 6-year-old daughter, had applied for both of their passports on June 19 and had an appointment with the Passport Office in Lucknow on June 20.

Despite having the legal documents both Seth and Siddiqui were harassed for being of different religions. As their ordeal went viral, they were granted their passports and a show cause notice was issued to Mishra.

"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," said Regional Passport Officer, Lucknow on an inter-faith couple being harassed at the passport office.

In a series of tweets addressed to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Seth described how Mishra harassed her loudly for not changing her name after marrying a Muslim and expressed a clear grudge.

"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," said Seth in her tweets.

"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," she said.

"Ma’am I never ever imagined that in a place like passport office we would have a people who are moral policing the citizens. He dint just put my passport on hold he even put my husband’s passport on hold. This is clear grudge. I was shocked at this behaviour," Seth described.

"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 marriage. This is our family matter and last thing I expected to hear at the passport office was it is your duty to change your name after marriage," she said.  

Siddiqui was harassed as well, and told to change his religion and take 'pheras', a ritual that takes place in Hindu marriages.