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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Comments (18)

Vikas Gupta
September 5, 2013 10:03 pm

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
September 5, 2013 10:05 pm

Wow such brave Pukhtoons - they shot a woman.

Sonal
September 5, 2013 10:06 pm

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
September 5, 2013 10:37 pm

very sad.

Ali
September 5, 2013 10:44 pm

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

Kris
September 5, 2013 11:15 pm

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

Arunabha
September 5, 2013 11:18 pm

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

Anuj
September 5, 2013 11:51 pm

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
September 5, 2013 11:59 pm

Killers proved their cowardliness by shooting at indefensible woman.

Gopal Ramdev
September 6, 2013 12:03 am

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
September 6, 2013 12:13 am

Islam at its best!

Kashmiri
September 6, 2013 12:19 am

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

sony
September 6, 2013 1:12 am

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

ROHIT PANDEY
September 6, 2013 1:19 am

Charmingly civilized lot I would say?

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

ds
September 6, 2013 9:36 am

She made a mistake.

Abdullah N
September 6, 2013 4:54 pm

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

Dr. Zaheer Malik
September 7, 2013 1:21 am

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
September 8, 2013 8:09 pm

@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.

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