Hindu-Muslim couple asked to convert for passport

Lucknow, June 21: After intervention by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, an interfaith couple were issued passports and a show cause notice has been issued to the official Vikas Mishra who was at fault

An interfaith couple has asked External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to intervene after a  passport officer in Lucknow has allegedly threatened husband Mohammad Anas Siddiqui to convert to Hinduism otherwise their application would be rejected.

Regional Passport officer said, ” Passports to the couple have been issued and a show cause notice has been served to the officer at fault  and action will also be taken. We regret the incident and will ensure that such incident will not be repeated.”

Mohammad Anas Siddiqui and his wife Tanvi Seth alleged that an officer named Vikas Mishra harassed them at the Passport Seva Kendra in Lucknow, where they had gone to complete their formalities.

Tanvi Seth posted a series of tweets directed at EAM Swaraj detailing the entire incident, 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 din’t just put my passport on hold he even put y husband’s passport on hold.

 

She said that Mishra asked her to change her maiden name as she has married a Muslim man, ” Aapne Muslim se Shaadi  ki hai to aapka naam Tanvi Seth kaisai ho sakta hai.”

Mishra asked Anas to convert to Hinduism and  instructed Tanvi to change her name in all her documents and yelled at her when she refused to do so.

 

A native of Aminabad area of Lucknow, Anas married Tanvi in 2007. They have a six-year-old daughter. The couple work in a private firm in Noida, and had gone to Lucknow on June 10.

“Tanvi and I had applied for our passports on June 19 and got appointments on Wednesday at the Passport Seva Kendra in Lucknow. We cleared the first two stages and our files were then sent to counter C, which is the last stage, to complete formalities,” said Anas.

Anas said, “Mishra then called me and started humiliating me. He asked me to convert to Hinduism else my marriage won’t be accepted. Mishra told me that I would have to marry as per Hindu rituals and take ‘pheras’ and send my file to the APO as well. We met the APO and complained to him. He told us Mishra often misbehaved with people like this and asked us to come tomorrow, assuring us that he would try to solve the problem,” said Anas.

Tanvi requested External Affairs Minister  to help them to acquire their passports  and act against Vikas Mishra so that no other woman is harassed.

 

 

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