Sushma Swaraj hits back at trolls with Twitter poll
Facing online abuse over a passport row involving an interfaith couple, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has initiated a poll on Twitter asking users whether they approve such trolling.
Till evening, over 110,000 people had taken part in the poll, with 57 per cent respondents backing her and 43 per cent supporting the trolls.
After days of trolling, matters came to a head on Saturday when Swaraj's husband tweeted a screenshot of a post by a Twitter user who asked him to beat her up and teach her not to do Muslim appeasement.
She has also been retweeting some of the tweets by the trolls, criticising her following the issuance of passport to an interfaith couple.
"Friends : I have liked some tweets. This is happening for the last few days. Do you approve of such tweets? Please RT," she tweeted this evening.
Friends : I have liked some tweets. This is happening for the last few days. Do you approve of such tweets ? Please RT
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) 30 June 2018
Swaraj also thanked President Ram Nath Kovind for complementing her work.
"There are higher expectations from us as a country from our citizens living outside. I compliment EAM @SushmaSwaraj for her exemplary leadership. She has given a new confidence to our people abroad in the ability of our Govt to reach out to them when in need #PresidentKovind," the official Twitter handle of the President of India posted.
A Passport Seva Kendra official, Vikas Mishra, in Lucknow was transferred on June 21 after an interfaith couple alleged that he humiliated them when they went to the office with their passport applications recently.
According to the couple, Mishra asked the husband to convert to Hinduism and pulled up the wife for marrying a Muslim.
A section of social media had attacked Swaraj and the ministry for taking action against Mishra, claiming that he was just doing his duty.
The minister had taken it on the chin and retweeted some of the tweets that were even abusive and communal in nature.
Asked whether the Ministry of External Affairs is contemplating taking any action against the trolls, Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar had said, "The EAM (External Affairs Minister) has responded to those malicious tweets and the trolling which she was subjected to in her own way and in a manner which she deemed fit. I don't think I have anything further to add on that."