Friday, August 14, 2020
Home News Reports This is what I learnt from the 'inter-faith couple' passport drama - don't show...

This is what I learnt from the ‘inter-faith couple’ passport drama – don’t show your nikahnama when it’s not needed

Yesterday, media was abuzz with the news that a couple in Lucknow was allegedly moral policed by passport officer in Lucknow, one Vikas Mishra, who allegedly harassed an interfaith couple. In her tweets to Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj, one Tanvi Anas accused Mishra of speaking to her rudely and holding her and her Muslim husband’s passports on hold for not having changed her name after marriage.

She claimed that she has married a Muslim but has never changed her name. In subsequent tweets, she explains her ordeal to Swaraj how it is her personal choice not to change her name after marriage.

She accused that Mishra asked her to change her name after marriage as it is ‘her duty’.

However, after a huge social media uproar, Vikas Mishra, the passport office officer in question has defended himself claiming that Tanvi’s name as per nikahnama (Islamic marriage contract) was ‘Shadia Anas’, but she refused to get her name changed as per her nikahnama.

- Advertisement -

If the marriage is solemnised as per Islamic rituals, i.e. a nikahnama was drawn, instead of marriage under Special Marriage Act, Tanvi would have to convert to Islam. This would mean two things:

  1. This ceases to be inter-faith marriage.
  2. It raises the question on whether she changed her name to Shadia Anas as per her nikahnama?

Mishra, who is now transferred following Tanvi’s accusations that he asked her husband to convert to Hinduism, has claimed that he merely asked Tanvi to clarify whether she has ever changed her name. There is a column in the passport application form which requires you to fill in this detail. He claimed that the couple had gone from Noida to Lucknow, instead of going to the Ghaziabad passport office, to get the passport done on a short leave and got agitated when he raised an objection.

To this, Tanvi claimed that more than what Mishra said, she had a problem with the ‘tone’ he used.

Tanvi Anas tweets which she has now deleted.

Like everyone else, I got a little curious and did a bit of digging.

The passport declaration form [PDF] has a declaration that to the best of applicant’s knowledge, all information provided is true and correct. She has to mention her marital status in the form. If she has changed her name, she has to mention that as well.

Tanvi claims that she did not change her legal name to be the same as the name mentioned in the nikahnama because it is her personal choice. And that is true, indeed. However, the nikahnama is a valid marriage certificate as per Islam and even Indian laws (personal laws) and if the nikahnama has a different name, she is required to mention that. Hence, if there is a discrepancy between the name mentioned in the nikahnama and her legal name, the officer is well within his right to ask her to clarify and justify the discrepancy.

Interestingly, Modi government has relaxed the rules so much that woman need not provide marriage certificate for issuance of a passport. The standard affidavit which is required to be filed by a person who needs to get his/her spouse’s name added or marital status changed, does not need to submit any additional documents like a marriage certificate.

Annexure E for a standard affidavit for change of name. 

Tomorrow I could get my name changed on passport and in name of spouse I could also write Salman Khan and I don’t even need a proof for that. Of course, that doesn’t mean I would get away with it considering there are strict rules and any incorrect information provided in the passport is a punishable offence, but nothing really stops anyone from providing incorrect information in the first place.

Anyway, coming back to this curious case, we have more questions.

  1. Why did Tanvi and her husband go from Noida to Lucknow for a passport when they were required to file same in Ghaziabad?
  2. Did she and her husband mention their marital status in their passport application form?
  3. When it was not required by law, why did they provide the nikahnama, especially when the nikahnama had a different name than her legal name?
  4. If an officer raises a question when there is a difference in names provided, the query does seem valid.
  5. Did they get their passports on such short notice without police verification because of the tweet?
  6. Now that they both have received their passports, within hours of tweeting to Sushma Swaraj, will there be a detailed police verification, as required by law for normal citizens who don’t get passports by tweeting to the minister get theirs?

Perhaps I should tweet this to Sushma Swaraj for a quicker response.

  Support Us  

Whether NDTV or 'The Wire', they never have to worry about funds. In name of saving democracy, they get money from various sources. We need your support to fight them. Please contribute whatever you can afford

Nirwa Mehtahttps://medium.com/@nirwamehta
Politically incorrect. Author, Flawed But Fabulous.

Related Articles

Trending now

Former SP leader Shahzeb Rizvi announces bounty of Rs 51 lakh on Karnataka Congress MLA’s nephew Naveen’s head for ‘blasphemous’ Facebook post

Shahzeb Rizvi said that whoever beheads Naveen for insulting the Prophet and brings his head will be given a bounty of Rs 51 lakh

Chinese media publishes propaganda of Pakistan’s Ambassador to China but refuses to carry India’s rebuttal: Here are the full details

A day after first anniversary of abrogation of Article 370, Chinese state media runs Pakistani propaganda

Congress link emerges in Bengaluru riots, husband of party’s corporator named as an accused in FIR

Kaleem Pasha - one of the masterminds of Bengalururiots, is the husband of Congress corporator from Nagavara Irshad Begum

‘Temples are spreading COVID-19’: 5 reasons why that is untrue and mere propaganda, driven by Leftists and Islamists

Left-liberals and Islamists have started to trend "#TirupatiVirus" on Twitter, claiming that 75% of India's COVID-19 cases are linked to temples.

Dravidian sabotage in education: Behind the veils of the Dravidian Delusion

Tamils in Tamil Nadu have had the benefits of national integration, wider exposure to language among others, denied to them by the Dravidian agitation.

PM Narendra Modi launches Transparent Taxation platform, Taxpayer’s Charter to honour the honest taxpayers

PM Modi launches new transparent taxation platform including Faceless assessments, Faceless appeals, and Taxpayer's charter

Recently Popular

Bengaluru: Amidst chants of ‘Allah Hu Akbar’ and ‘Nara e Taqbeer’, Muslim mob burns down police station, Dalit Congress MLA’s residence over Facebook post...

Angered over Dalit Congress MLA's nephew's alleged Facebook post on Prophet Mohammad, rioting Muslim mob went on a rampage in Bengaluru

Sambit Patra gets attacked by ‘liberals’ after Congress spokesperson Rajiv Tyagi dies following a television debate

Congress supporters and 'liberals' attacked BJP leader Sambit Patra after Congress spokesperson Rajiv Tyagi suffered major cardiac arrest and passed away soon after he was on a television debate.

He may have flings with actresses, but is not a murderer: Subramanian Swamy says Aditya Thackeray has nothing to do with Sushant Singh Rajput’s...

Swamy said in the Q and A session that some other powerful persons are involved in the death of Sushant Singh Rajput, and Aditya is not one of them.

#BringBackAnandRanganathan trends as users protest Twitter declaring a Quranic verse ‘hateful’ and blocking Dr Anand Ranganathan who posted the verse

Twitter claimed that citing a Quranic verse is against the rules of the platform and is 'hateful conduct'.

Alia Bhatt starrer Mahesh Bhatt’s Sadak 2 trailer gets over 1.3 million ‘dislikes’ on YouTube within hours of premiere

Within hours of its premiere on YouTube, the Sadak 2 trailer got over 1.3 million dislikes, making it one of the most disliked tailer on the video streaming site.

Here is why #BabyPenguin is trending on Twitter, and why Aaditya Thackeray is called so by some

Yuva Sena registered complaint against twitter user for calling Aaditya Thackeray "Baby Penguin" and Uddhav Thackeray "Aurangzeb"

Former SP leader Shahzeb Rizvi announces bounty of Rs 51 lakh on Karnataka Congress MLA’s nephew Naveen’s head for ‘blasphemous’ Facebook post

Shahzeb Rizvi said that whoever beheads Naveen for insulting the Prophet and brings his head will be given a bounty of Rs 51 lakh

Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau appoints investigation team to find out causes of the Air India Express flight crash at Kozhikode airport

Capt. S S Chahar, former designated examiner of Boeing 737 NG, has been appointed as Investigator-In-Charge for Kozhikode crash probe

Bengaluru riots: Muslim mob wanted to kill Naveen for his ‘blasphemous’ post, torched down police station as cops prevented it

The Bengaluru riots were triggered by a Facebook post by Congress MLA Akhanda Srinivas Murthy's nephew Naveen

BMC removes illegal loudspeaker at Mankhurd for which Karishma Bhosale was heckled by Muslims, was sent notice by Mumbai police

Mumbai police had sent notice to Karishma Bhosale calling her request to lower volume of Mosque's loudspeaker "inappropriate"

From cheap goods to telecom: How China’s industrial hegemony and guerilla marketing tactics can hurt India

Be it the battlefield or business environment, Chinese have always tried to strain India's economy in all possible aspects.

Mumbai Police records statement of journalist Faye D’Souza’s husband in the ‘fake views’ scam involving singer Badshah

Rapper Badshah had confessed that he had paid Qyukl, where Sagar Gokhale is director and COO, for fake views of his YouTube video

ED questions Rhea Chakraborty over alleged mismatch in income and expenses, asks to submit financial records: Read details

Rhea and her brother are directors in at least two firms, Front India For World Foundation and Vividrage Rhealityx Private Limited, set up by Rajput.

Fact-check: Did water enter Delhi Transport Corporation bus when incessant rains flooded the national capital

The video which social media users claimed to be of Delhi is from Jaipur which was uploaded on YouTube on August 11, 2020

Chinese media publishes propaganda of Pakistan’s Ambassador to China but refuses to carry India’s rebuttal: Here are the full details

A day after first anniversary of abrogation of Article 370, Chinese state media runs Pakistani propaganda

Tricolour is slowly replacing the black flag in Chhattisgarh’s worst Naxal-hit regions as villagers embrace peace and development: Report

Many schools in the Bastar district, which is considered a core area of Naxal activity, have started initiating flag hoisting ceremony on occasions like Independence Day and Republic day or any other national festival, in which the villagers participate extensively, says the report.

Connect with us

239,751FansLike
429,258FollowersFollow
299,000SubscribersSubscribe