New Delhi, June 29: The external affairs ministry said the police verification report on the passport of Tanvi Seth, who had accused a Lucknow passport official of harassing her over her marital status, is under examination. “We are examining the police verification report regarding Tanvi Seth’s passport. Passport officers are empowered to take appropriate action,” said MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar.Also Read - Omicron: UP Govt Orders Closure of Schools, Colleges Till January 23 Amid Covid Situation
Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh Police had said that Tanvi Seth had not been living in Lucknow for the past one year. In a press conference, police said that the verification report sent to the Regional Passport Office (RPO) shows that Seth has been living in Noida, but she gave a Lucknow address for verification. Also Read - UP Assembly Polls 2022: Who Is Archana Gautam, Congress Candidate From Hastinapur Whose Pictures Are Going Viral?
Earlier last week, Tanvi Seth and her husband Mohammad Anas Siddiqui, an inter-faith couple took to the micro-blogging site and shared their harrowing experience of how the erring passport officer questioned Seth for not changing her surname after marrying a Muslim guy. Also Read - UP Election 2022: CM Yogi Eats Khichdi at Dalit House Amid Rebellion Within BJP | Watch
In a series of tweets to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Seth spoke about the “high handedness” of the official and also sought her intervention. “I was told my passport cannot be issued because I have married a Muslim and did not change my surname. I asked what I should do now and I was told to change my surname in all documents,” Seth told reporters.
“The said official while interviewing me spoke very loudly and in a very humiliating manner in view of a lot of people,” she rued and added,”I do not know if he had any personal grudge, he started asking questions just after he saw our names.”
“We had applied for a passport and after going through all the formalities, I went for the final verification and the official there made absurd queries over my marriage as I have not changed my surname. He said that it is the duty of every woman to change her surname after marriage and used demeaning language besides making gestures.”
Soon after their claims, the regional passport office had transferred the official and expressed regret over the incident.