While seeking a visa to attend her father's last rites in India, Tina, an Indian American was ordered to leave the consulate in New York. Tina and her husband were also threatened to be barred from ever obtaining a visa to travel to India.
In addition, the Consular Official refused to bring out any shortcomings in her application and proceeded to chastise her. After the video of the incident went viral, the woman was granted a visa and the officer was subjected to disciplinary action.
"This is Vijay Shankar Prasad - the visa officer in charge...Is this...representation of India?", the woman posted a video on Twitter.
"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 wrote.
Romie DiCosta, Tina’s husband told Indian Star, “As soon as we heard of Tina's father's death, we called the helpdesk for an emergency visa. On call, we were told to arrive at the embassy by 4 p.m. with the necessary documentation. We called the consulate at 4:20 a.m. and said we'd be there in 10 minutes, but they instructed us to come back the next day at 9:30 a.m. We were also informed by the consulate that we would receive the visa the following day.”
“When we reached on time the next day, deficiencies in our form were pointed out. We still filled the form there and submitted it again. But after submitting our form and visa amount, we were told to come again at 4 pm. We requested that we have a flight at 6.30 pm, despite this not one of them was heard. The official seen in the video later misbehaved and threatened to blacklist us,” he added.
A statement posted on the official Twitter account of the Consulate General of India, New York, said, “The Consul General has personally reviewed the matter. Based on the information presented, it has been decided to institute disciplinary proceedings against the concerned officer."