An Indian woman who was taken on a photo tour of the capital, New Delhi, on Sunday said she was shocked to discover that her clothes were all in her face.
Katy Srinivasan, who was in the metro to meet a friend, said the woman was dressed in a red bikini, a traditional Hindu headdress worn by women in the south-western state of Bihar.
“When I came out, I was just walking down the train station in my red bikini,” she told reporters on Sunday, adding that she could not believe her eyes.
She said the man who took her photo was also wearing a red, traditional headdress.
“I didn’t realize I was being photographed, I thought it was a joke, because I have never seen so many people in one place in my life,” she said.
Ms Srinivasan said she found out she was in India when she visited a temple to pray for rain and said she could see people taking pictures of her.
“After that, I started seeing people on the streets, I could see everyone,” she added.
Ms Sinsarasan was travelling on the Mumbai-New Delhi Metro from the airport to a friend’s house in the capital.
She said she wanted to show the man and the woman she met that “they are not alone in India”.
The photograph is thought to have been taken in the early hours of Sunday morning in front of the main temple.
The incident is not the first time Ms Srinasan has been photographed in a bathing suit.
In December 2016, Ms Sinsaran, a freelance journalist, took a photograph with a friend outside the Kolkata airport.
The next day, she was given a letter from the Indian government, which said it would not issue visas to people from Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh and other countries because of the “inappropriate attire” of their citizens.
Mr Modi’s government has denied any link between the photo-taking and the government’s decision.
“It is a common practice to take pictures in India for a long time, even if it is for a private event, to give the impression of being a friend or a friend of the state,” Mr Srinarasans spokesman, Srinab Dasgupta, said in a statement.