The passport officer in Lucknow, who allegedly humiliated and rejected the application of an interfaith couple, has been transferred. Meanwhile, Tanvi Seth and her husband, Mohammad Anas Siddiqui, have received their passports.
In a series of tweets, Seth thanked External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today morning.
On Wednesday, a passport officer in Lucknow, Vikas Mishra, allegedly rejected the the application of Seth and Siddiqui, and asked the latter to convert to Hinduism.
In a series of tweets Seth, who married Siddiqui in 2007, described how she and her husband were allegedly shamed by a passport officer.
Referring to the passport officer, she wrote, "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....He dint just put my passport on hold he even put my husband's passport on hold."
In an email to Swaraj, Seth explained that the passport officer was angry because she had retained her maiden name after marrying a Muslim. She quoted him as saying: "Aapke saath to masla hai. Aapne Muslim se shaadi ki hai to aapka naam Tanvi Seth kaisai ho sakta hai?"
Siddiqui toldNews 18 that Mishra not only humiliated him and his wife over the issuing of passports, but he also told him to convert to Hinduism.
"When he read the spouse's name as Mohd Anas Siddiqui, he started shouting at her and said that she should not have married me. My wife broke into tears, after which Mr. Mishra said that she should get all the documents corrected with a changed name," he said.
Siddiqui also told the news website, "He said that I will have to convert to Hinduism else my marriage won't be accepted. He asked, 'You have to take the pheras and get converted to our religion, will you do so?'"
Siddiqui had also asked Swaraj and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene.