Madhuri Gupta, the 53-year-old second secretary arrested on charges of spying for Pakistan, may have embraced Islam about six years ago, a media report has claimed.
Gupta, who was posted at the Indian High Commission in Islamabad was perhaps a Shia Muslim, according to a media report.
"She was really inspired by the teachings of Islam but was scared to announce her new faith," reads a report in the Post.
"Her kin has very close relations with a well-known Muslim family of Ashiq Hussain Jafri in Lucknow….
Ms Gupta spent her early life in Lucknow with Jafri's family where she enthused (sic) Islamic values," the Post
quoted a source as saying.
Gupta was spotted in the month of Ramzan by a local journalist wearing a bangle and rings which usually members of the Shia sect wear.
"I am fasting and I have great respect for Islam," she told the journalist.