Woman who wrote about life under the Taliban is killed


Sushmita Banerjee, author of Kabuliwala’s Bengali Wife, has been killed by militants in Afghanistan

The author of a popular memoir of life under the Taliban that was made into a major Bollywood movie was shot dead early Thursday morning, 18 years after militant leaders sentenced her to death after she refused to wear a burqa in public.

Sushmita Banerjee, who wrote about her experiences as an Indian woman married to an Afghan in her first book, “Kabuliwala’s Bengali Wife,” was abducted by masked men just after midnight. The attackers broke into the couple’s home in the eastern province of Paktika, tied both up, but then left Ms. Banerjee’s husband behind when they took her away.

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