Sushma Swaraj Trolled, Abused by TweetaratisHot Buzz

June 25, 2018 14:02
Sushma Swaraj Trolled, Abused by Tweetaratis

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Minister of External Affairs of India Sushma Swaraj was trolled and abused on Sunday over a controversy involving the issuance of passports to an inter-faith couple in Uttar Pradesh.

"I was out of India from 17th to 23rd June 2018. I do not know what happened in my absence. However, I am honored with some tweets. I am sharing them with you. So I have liked them," she wrote on Twitter while "liking" numerous tweets abusing her.

Earlier this week, Passport Seva Kendra official Vikas Mishra in Lucknow was transferred after an inter-faith couple alleged that they were humiliated by him and their passport applications were rejected as the woman had not changed her surname post marriage, and that her husband was asked to "convert to Hinduism."

The following day, passports were issued to the couple and they conveyed thanks to Swaraj and her ministry. Mishra claimed that he refused to issue passport since the woman's name was different in the 'nikahnama'.

A section on social media who felt Mishra was below the belt being targeted, began posting tweets with #ISupportVikasMishra and soon they turned their ire towards Swaraj.

Swaraj, who was on a four-nation European Union visit at that time, didn't reply to any of the tweets pertaining to the issue, however, on Sunday she liked as many as 70 tweets, all of them abusing her and calling her names. Many tweets branded Swaraj as "Visa Mata" or "passport mata" and likened her involvement to grant medical visas to Pakistanis as her assist to Muslims. Some tweeple demanded that she should be removed from the Cabinet.

People like actor Swara Bhaskar and journalist Barkha Dutt who have been repeatedly targetted by trolls for their stand extended their support to Swaraj. There were also tweets seeking action from Twitter against trolls.

By Sowmya Sangam

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