Passport officer rejects application of Hindu-Muslim couple in Lucknow, tells husband to convert to Hinduism

The couple alleged that the officer humiliated them and shouted after seeing their names on the application.

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Srinagar, Publish Date: Jun 21 2018 11:41AM | Updated Date: Jun 21 2018 11:41AM
Passport officer rejects application of Hindu-Muslim couple in Lucknow, tells husband to convert to HinduismPassport officer rejects application of Hindu-Muslim couple in Lucknow, tells husband to convert to Hinduism

A passport officer in Lucknow rejected the application of a Hindu-Muslim couple married for eleven years, and asked the husband, Mohammad Anas Siddiqui, to convert to Hinduism.

The couple alleged that the officer humiliated them and shouted after seeing their names on the application.

Tanvi Seth, a Hindu, who married Siddiqui in 2007, wrote to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to describe how she and her husband were shamed by the passport officer named Vikas Mishra.

"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," she said, in a tweet.

In an email to Swaraj, Seth explained that the passport officer was angry because she had retained her maiden name after marrying a Muslim. "Aapke saath to masla hai. Aapne Muslim se shaadi ki hai to aapka naam Tanvi Seth kaisai ho sakta hai?"

"Please help me and my husband get our passports issued and also take action against Mr. Mishra," she wrote. "What has happened to me today should not happen to other women like me/citizen."

He dint just put my passport on hold he even put my husband's passport on hold.

Siddiqui and Seth work in a multinational company in Noida and they are parents to a six-year-old daughter.

Siddiqui told News 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.

"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?’ said Siddiqui.”

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