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.
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