Afghanistan: Taliban execute Indian author Sushmita Banerjee

"Her publisher Swapan Biswas said Banerjee had informed him about the plan to return to Afghanistan in February to start work on another book.

Ahmadiyya Times | News Watch | Int'l Desk
Source/Credit: The Times of India
By TNN / Agencies | September 6, 2013

KOLKATA/KABUL: Indian author Sushmita Banerjee was executed by the Taliban late on Wednesday. While the reason for the barbaric act was not given, Banerjee had possibly attracted the ire of the fundamentalist outfit for her ceaseless social work, especially for women's healthcare and upliftment.

Forty-nine-year-old Banerjee, according to reports, was dragged out of her house in Kharana in Paktita province before being shot dead by the turbaned militants. The execution signals the portent of things to come before the impending withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan where deadly attacks and other forms of atrocities against women have spiralled in the past few months.

Banerjee, who had converted to Islam and rechristened herself as Sayeda Kamala, retained her Indian citizenship. Earlier too she had attracted the anger of the regressive Taliban. Her memoir about her dramatic escape from the clutches of the fundamentalist outfit inspired a movie in 2003, Escape from Taliban, starring Monisha Koirala.
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