Taliban Kills 'Escape From Taliban' Author
Sushmita Banerjee is executed in Afghanistan
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 6, 2013 2:05 PM CDT
A file photo of author Sushmita Banerjee.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – A woman whose memoir about life under Taliban rule was turned into a Bollywood movie was shot dead yesterday by suspected members of the Islamist militia, officials said. The killing of Sushmita Banerjee in eastern Afghanistan was the latest in a string of attacks on prominent women in Afghanistan. Militants dragged her from her home and shot her at least 15 times. Banerjee—who was from Kolkata, India—wrote A Kabuliwala's Bengali Wife. Published in 1997, it later became the basis for the 2003 film Escape from Taliban.

The book described how she met her husband in India and moved to Afghanistan as his second wife, only to find that life would become unbearable under the Taliban's oppressive rule, especially in regard to women. In an interview posted on India's Rediff website, Banerjee described trying to flee Afghanistan multiple times to get away from the Taliban, and how she was ordered executed as a result of her attempts. She made it back to India in August of 1995 and had since returned to Afghanistan.

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Carol Williams
Jan 20, 2014 12:54 PM CST
Big, tough boys. I wonder that women and girls make them so damn afraid. Oh that's right, they try to live like human beings instead of cattle.
Sep 8, 2013 7:51 PM CDT
What would they have done to Khadijah, wife of the Prophet? She had an international business.
Sep 7, 2013 11:08 PM CDT
Women like being in cadges. It makes them feel secure.