While we all know that discrimination and racism is a very bad thing and is never welcomed in our society. However, there are cases always where we can witness such shameful acts by different people. Recently a lady asked Airtel to change their representative as she didn’t trust a Muslim.
In yet another shameful incident, an inter-faith couple who applied for their passport in Lucknow was allegedly humiliated and shamed by as passport Officer, who later rejected their request as well.
According to reports, the officer humiliated the couple because of their different religion and rejected their application. What is more frustrating is, he not just dismissed their request. He also asked the husband to change his religion.
Frustrated by such behaviour and such treatment, the couple later tweeted their ordeal to Union Minister Sushma Swaraj and the Prime Minister’s Office and sought their intervention.
Speaking of the incident, to News18, Anas said, “My wife’s turn came before me, and as soon as she reached counter C5, an officer named Vikas Mishra started to go through her documents. 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.”
“My wife, Tanvi, said that we don’t want to change the name and our family doesn’t have a problem with our names. Then the passport officer asked her to go to the APO office and that he is sending her file to the APO. Mr Mishra then called me and started humiliating me. He said that I would 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?’” narrated an angry Anas, who is working with a multi-national company along with his wife in Noida.
We highly condemn behaviour like this, and if proven the officer should be punished. It is yet another very shameful incident reported in our country.