In a video that has surfaced online, a woman and her husband can be seen getting shouted at by an officer at the Indian Embassy in New York as they try to get their visa.
The woman who lost her father a day before the incident, has alleged that as she desperately tried to come back to India for his last rites, she had to face this barbaric treatment at the embassy.
This is Vijay Shankar Prasad – the visa officer in charge @IndiainNewYork . Is this the representation of India? #AbuseOfPower @IndianEmbassyUS @MEAIndia @meaindia1 @sandiplomat @IndianDiplomacy @nytimes @sidhant @PremBhandariNYC @thevirdas @AmericanKahani @RomieDecosta pic.twitter.com/bsqFUo4Tsz— Tina (@Tina71699557) November 27, 2021
In the video, the couple can be seen asking the officer, Vijay Shankar Prasad, why he is behaving so aggressively when they have submitted all the paperwork.
While Vijay, furious over something, hands them their documents, and storms inside. She also alleged that she was told she is no longer an “Indian” because she lives in the US.
by security that I live in the United States and am no longer an #Indian – and have no rights. No “reason” for this level of apathy and indifference is acceptable with any person let alone someone who found out they lost their father a few hours ago and are begging for help.— Tina (@Tina71699557) November 27, 2021
She managed to come to India, eventually, but the whole episode understandably left her scarred.
Now that I’ve attended his cremation (thanks to help from some true Indians) and prepare to scatter his ashes. I wonder how many other people may have been treated unjustly & left stranded by @IndiainNewYork #AbuseOfPower #injustice #waitingforaction— Tina (@Tina71699557) November 27, 2021
This is not just in NY, This kinda behavior is everywhere when it comes to visa, passport renewal, travel documents etc. be it in north america, europe , australia continent , asian countries, its just ppl dont talk about it . If you ask ppl they will tell you stories … 1/2 https://t.co/PZFRNkXN6P— ✪ Sach Chahal ✪ 🍁 (@chahal_sach) December 1, 2021
@DrSJaishankar Dear Sir, Please look how our own people are being harassed during tough times. https://t.co/xC1AddLA8A— Shashi Kumar (@Shashik36) December 1, 2021
Absolute abuse of power! https://t.co/ye8rz2cafG— Pratik Sinha (@pratik_sinha) December 1, 2021
My brother had a similar experience while traveling from Canada for my mothers last rites. But it was @airindiain that compounded the loss, we were going through— Prashant Pratap (@iPrashantSingh) December 1, 2021
-He was denied boarding due to faulty seats.
-They lost his baggage.
-While returning he was extorted another ₹38k. https://t.co/ulhMxTDjHX
Further updates to the story are awaited.