Fears Stoked for Future of Women in Afghanistan After Indian Author Killed

The world has lost a brave and inspiring woman.


On Wednesday night, the Afghan Taliban killed 49-year-old Indian author Sushmita Banerjee outside her home in Paktika province.

Banerjee was known for a popular memoir that chronicled her turbulent life as the wife of an Afghan in Kabul under the Taliban regime. According to the police, Taliban militants tied up her family members and took Banerjee out and shot her. The Taliban have denied responsibility.

Banerjee, a Bengali woman with independent views, defied her family to marry Afghan businessman Jaanbaz Khanin Kolkata in 1989 and go to live with him in Kabul, where she began to work with local women, educating them in social and health issues. “I am not a qualified doctor. But I knew a little about common ailments and since there was no medical help in the vicinity, I thought I could support myself and keep myself busy by dispensing medicines,” she wrote.


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