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In this photograph taken on March 6, 2003, Indian author Sushmita Banerjee holds one of her Bengali language novels “Mollah Omar Taliban O Aami” (Mollah Omar, Taliban and Me) in Kolkata. -AFP Photo
In this photograph taken on March 6, 2003, Indian author Sushmita Banerjee holds one of her Bengali language novels “Mollah Omar Taliban O Aami” (Mollah Omar, Taliban and Me) in Kolkata. -AFP Photo

KHOST: Suspected Taliban militants shot dead the Indian author Sushmita Banerjee, writer of a popular book about her dramatic escape from the Taliban in the 90s, in eastern Afghan province of Paktika on Wednesday night, police said on Thursday.

“We found her bullet riddled body near Madrassa on the outskirts of Sharan city (the provincial capital) this morning,” provincial police chief Dawlat Khan Zadran told AFP, confirming earlier reports from Indian media.

Ms Banerjee, 49, was a fairly well-known writer whose book “Kabuliwala's Bengali Wife”, about her dramatic escape from the Taliban was made into a Bollywood film in 2003.

Police on Thursday said that the book may have been the reason militants targeted her, saying they had spoken with her husband.

“Our investigation ... indicates that the militants had grievances against her for something she had written or told in the past, which was then turned into a film,” the provincial police chief said.

“She had been shot 20 times and some of her hair had been ripped off by the militants,” Zadran said.

She was married to Afghan businessman Jaanbaz Khan and had recently moved back to live with him in the insurgency-hit Paktika province, reportedly to run a health clinic there.

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Vikas Gupta Sep 05, 2013 10:03pm

Cruel,inhumane,barbaric behavior, killing women and children for what? they should be eliminated, we as human beings should unite to put to a stop to them.

Zobia Khan Sep 05, 2013 10:05pm

Wow such brave Pukhtoons - they shot a woman.

Sonal Sep 05, 2013 10:06pm

It's absolutely ruthless and horrendous the way they killed her. May Allah punish these Taliban so badly that they never dream of touching another person in any life!!!

Why did she move to Afghanistan anyway? Silly woman. Should've gotten her businessman husband to move to India and do business there.

jai Sep 05, 2013 10:37pm

very sad.

Ali Sep 05, 2013 10:44pm

I thought Pushtoons do not kill or harm women or children.

Kris Sep 05, 2013 11:15pm

This is the ultimate destiny for Hindu girls marrying a Muslim, anywhere in the world.

Arunabha Sep 05, 2013 11:18pm

Copy pasted from BBC. At least could have put some effort in posting a different picture.

Anuj Sep 05, 2013 11:51pm

Animals ! Cowards hiding behind religion and tarnishing that religion further !! Killing a defenceless woman for having shown what they were really to the world through her writings.

That is what the taliban seem to be.....unless of course you happen to believe Taliban are the Men of God sent on earth to cleanse it and so on, like some in parties like PTI seem to believe and suggest.

Mady Sep 05, 2013 11:59pm

Killers proved their cowardliness by shooting at indefensible woman.

Gopal Ramdev Sep 06, 2013 12:03am

the taliban let her go in the first place so technically it was not an escape rather an interrogation and let go scene. then the RAW couldnt wait and got her killed otherwise she would have lived a peaceful life.

A shah Sep 06, 2013 12:13am

Islam at its best!

Kashmiri Sep 06, 2013 12:19am

Shame on you Taliban. You are a disgrace to this whole planet.

sony Sep 06, 2013 01:12am

wage war against oil prices , unemployment, Aids, Cancer, malnutrition, drug trafficking, illiteracy, poverty, corruption not against innocent people .

ROHIT PANDEY Sep 06, 2013 01:19am

Charmingly civilized lot I would say?

And,whatever made the good lady to make her home among these guardians of human civilization?

ds Sep 06, 2013 09:36am

She made a mistake.

Abdullah N Sep 06, 2013 04:54pm

MS. Banerjee, why did you opt to live among 11th century savages ?

Dr. Zaheer Malik Sep 07, 2013 01:21am

so we condemn drone attack that got rid of this big haqanni terrorist but we will not condemn loss of this innocent life as she only depicted the truth? Pakistan is so useless in every facet. utterly useless.. no wonder country going down the drain by the day ..useless in everything.

Indian Sep 08, 2013 08:09pm

@Kashmiri: That is what will become of you the day you detach yourself from India and join the Af-Pak bandwagon. Remember you are safe today because you are with a saner India. Or go and become the next taliban.