Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, who has suffered vicious trolling for days over her ministry's clearance to the passport of a Hindu-Muslim couple, today had an instant comeback for a tweet targeting her. Over the past few days, Ms Swaraj has handled attacks on social media, widely condemned even by rival parties, with restraint and politeness that should have shamed trolls.
This morning too, she hit back in very few words.
Intezaar kyon ? Lijiye block kr diya. https://t.co/DyFy3BSZsM— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) July 3, 2018
Ms Swaraj has been targeted on Twitter ever since her ministry helped a couple who alleged harassment by an official over passport renewal.
Tanvi Seth and Anas Siddiqui had complained to the minister last month that they were humiliated by an officer when they went to renew a passport. Tanvi said she was asked to change her name; her husband said he was asked to change his religion. The couple did get their passport and the official was transferred by the ministry.
Later, the senior minister also posted a poll on twitter, asking users if they "approve" of such trolling - a shocking 43 per cent said yes, which prompted former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah to comment: "Shame on trolls and their supporters/apologists".
Amid noticeable silence from the BJP brass, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh yesterday came out in support of his cabinet colleague, calling the trolling "wrong".
Hours later, it was his colleague Nitin Gadkari's turn. "It is very unfortunate what is happening in the matter of Sushma Swaraj. I spoke to her myself . She was out of the country . she had nothing to do with the decision and it was not even the wrong one . Even if people do not like it, they should be responsible and not do what they are doing on social media," he said.
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