Published On: Sat, Jun 30th, 2018

Hindu-Muslim couple passport row: Twitter users accuse Swaraj of Muslim appeasement

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was again trolled on Twitter on Saturday and accused of appeasing Muslims.

A section of social media had attacked External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for supporting Hindu-Muslim couple Tanvi Seth and Mohammad Anas Siddiqui for issuing their passport.

Her husband Swaraj Kaushal tweeted a screenshot of a post by a Twitter user who asked him to teach the Minister not to do Muslim appeasement.

Ms. Swaraj also retweeted some of the tweets by that person.

This comes days after Ms. Swaraj was trolled and abused on Twitter over a controversy involving the issuance of passport to a Hindu-Muslim couple.

A Passport Seva Kendra official, Vikas Mishra, in Lucknow was transferred after the Hindu-Muslim couple alleged that he humiliated them when they went to the office with their passport applications recently.

According to the couple, Mr. Mishra asked the husband to convert to Hinduism and pulled up the wife for marrying a Muslim.

A section of social media had attacked Ms. Swaraj and the Ministry for taking action against Mr. Mishra, claiming that he was just doing his duty.

The Minister had taken it on the chin and retweeted some of the tweets that were even abusive and communal in nature.

Asked whether the Ministry of External Affairs is contemplating taking any action against the trolls, Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar had said, “The EAM [External Affairs Minister] has responded to those malicious tweets and the trolling which she was subjected to in her own way and in a manner which she deemed fit. I don’t think I have anything further to add on that.”


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