An Indian citizen working with an NGO in the Afghan capital Kabul was reportedly kidnapped on Thursday (9 June). Judith D'Souza, 40, was working as a senior technical advisor (gender) with the Aga Khan Foundation.
The incident has shocked both nations and the Indian embassy has started working closely with the Afghan authorities to locate the woman. They are also in constant touch with D'Souza's family, who hail from Kolkata, in West Bengal.
A surveillance team and special security forces have been pressed into action to locate her.
The Indian government has assured her family members that efforts are being made by authorities in Afghanistan to ensure her safe return.
IBTimes UK has reached out to the Aga Khan Foundation and are awaiting a reply.
Last month, the Indian embassy had issued an alert for its citizens residing in Afghanistan or travelling to the country. It had cautioned Indians and said: "All Indians residing and travelling to Afghanistan are advised that the security situation in the country remains highly volatile. Terrorist attacks have taken place in the country against foreigners and are expected to continue. There is also the risk of kidnapping and hostage taking throughout Afghanistan. The Embassy advises all Indians in Afghanistan to live and work with adequate security precautions."