Sushma Swaraj Is Being Harassed On Twitter Just For Doing Her Job
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One of India’s highest-ranking female politicians is the latest target of organized abuse on Twitter, after multiple journalists, actors, and activists were attacked on the platform.
The attacks on Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj began June 20 when a woman named Tanvi Seth tagged Swaraj on Twitter as she recounted the traumatic experience of attempting to secure a passport for her and her husband.
Seth, who is married to a Muslim man, was humiliated by a passport officer who saw Seth’s marriage certificate and told her husband to convert to Hinduism to get the passports.
Swaraj said that passport offices would no longer require a marriage certificate — thereby indirectly helping Seth and her husband get their passports. This was seen as “appeasing Muslims.”
A day after Seth’s tweet to Swaraj, the passport officer was transferred, and the couple’s application was expedited. But instead of celebrating Swaraj’s responsiveness and efficiency, Twitter right-wingers began calling her “Sushma Begum,” an honorific usually used by Muslim women.
Two weeks since Seth tweeted to Swaraj, the foreign minister still faces abuse online.