The Twitter trolls have found their latest target - External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. The Union minister, who is famous for using the social media platform to help people in distress, has become the victim of abuses of Twitter trolls over a controversy involving the issuance of passport to an inter-faith couple.
Last week, a Passport Seva Kendra official, Vikas Mishra, in Lucknow was transferred after the inter-faith couple alleged that he humiliated them when they went to the office with their passport applications. According to the couple, he asked the husband to convert to Hinduism and pulled up the wife for marrying a Muslim.
Mishra had said in his defence that he was secular and had told the woman that her 'nikahnama' showed her name as Shazia Anas, which should be endorsed in her file. "For this she refused. If she had consented... we would have sent it to the 'A' section for data modification. We have to see which person is taking the passport in what name. There is documentary proof, how can we ignore that. I am secular and I have myself had an inter-caste marriage," he told the media.
A section of social media attacked Swaraj and the ministry for taking action against Mishra, claiming that he was just doing his duty. However, the minister took it on the chin and retweeted some of the tweets that were even abusive and communal in nature.
I was out of India from 17th to 23rd June 2018. I do not know what happened in my absence. However, I am honoured with some tweets. I am sharing them with you. So I have liked them, she tweeted.
I was out of India from 17th to 23rd June 2018. I do not know what happened in my absence. However, I am honoured with some tweets. I am sharing them with you. So I have liked them.— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) June 24, 2018
The trolls, some self-proclaimed BJP supporters, attacked Swaraj for the decision and asked her to step down for allegedly trying to appease Muslim community.
Hail Sickularism!— Jay® (@SaffronJay) June 22, 2018
Shame on @SushmaSwaraj If She Has Iota of Shame Left Shld Resign Immediately, Appeasing Without Knowing the Truth & Conducting Probe Supporting Traitors & Punishing Honest Officer For Discharging His Duty Sincerely #IsupportVikasMishra#IStandWithVikasMishra pic.twitter.com/e2Wh5YzXjZ
Sir, great work.We have to call off fraud played by @SushmaSwaraj on nation for appeasement of Muslims.— Satish Pandita (@satishpandita2) June 21, 2018
Mam @SushmaSwaraj ji, I respect you a lot. Bt this is nt gud.— mannu (@immannuk) June 22, 2018
Phle Zaira Waseem wale case me Vikas, ab Tanvi ke case me Vikas.
8 days ke andar aap Vikash Mishra ji wapas usi table par leke aao. Otherwise Main aapke against case file karaunga. Jai hind! 🙏#IStandWithVikasMishra
Her reaction to the trolls was praised by the Congress. No matter the situation or reason, nothing calls for threats of violence, disrespect & abuse. @SushmaSwaraj ji, we applaud your decision to call out the heinous trolls of your own party, a tweet on official Congress handle said.
No matter the situation or reason, nothing calls for threats of violence, disrespect & abuse. @SushmaSwaraj ji, we applaud your decision to call out the heinous trolls of your own party.https://t.co/qcB0qemRGZ— Congress (@INCIndia) June 24, 2018
Several people on Twitter also came to the External Affairs Minister’s support and slammed the abusers who trolled Sushma Swaraj.
Dear Sushma Ji, BJP’s IT cell has turned the social media into a Frankenstein’s monster. It's like that old story - you can't keep snakes in your backyard and expect them only to bite your opponents. Eventually those snakes are going to turn on and bite their own. Sad reality. https://t.co/u6LcDMZCjZ— Sadhavi Khosla (@sadhavi) June 24, 2018
Disgusting how people are openly abusing/trolling @SushmaSwaraj on the platform she has used to help Indians in need around the world. She has ‘Liked’ and highlighted such tweets. See how a top/hardworking Minister is also helpless in this world of trolls. @narendramodi— Manak Gupta (@manakgupta) June 24, 2018
You expect @narendramodi to take note of it? Some of the tweets @SushmaSwaraj has liked sarcastically are followed by PM. Modi single-handedly has turned India into a hate factory in past 4 years by refusing to unfollow vicious trolls. This suits him politically! https://t.co/gNt2wzyXFE— Rifat Jawaid (@RifatJawaid) June 24, 2018
(With inputs from PTI)