Indian woman in US told to get out of embassy while seeking visa after father's death

Indian woman in US told to get out of embassy while seeking visa after father's death

A still from the video.

Tribune Web Desk
Chandigarh, December 1

An Indian woman in the US was told to get out of the embassy in New York while she was seeking a visa to attend her father's last rites in India. She and her husband were also threatened to be blacklisted from ever getting an Indian visa.

The woman posted a video on Twitter and wrote, "This is Vijay Shankar Prasad - the visa officer in charge...Is this...representation of India?" Disciplinary proceedings have been initiated against the officer.

She wrote: "My father passed away on Monday and this incident took place at New York on Tuesday. I begged and pleaded for nearly an hour as my husband & I were threatened to be blacklisted from ever getting an Indian visa and the NYPD was called on us. As I cried I was also told 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.”

She further wrote: “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 New York”.

In response, the Consulate General of India in New York said it was reviewing the incident. 

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