Global War Against Women:Taliban kills woman who wrote about them

Her name is Sushmita Banerjee. As Alissa J. Rubin writes in the Times:

KABUL, 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.

“They took her to their madrasa, the Al Jihad madrasa, in Sarrai Kala village,” said Dawlat Khan Zadran, the provincial police chief in Paktika. “She was shot 25 times. We don’t know why she was killed.”

She was killed because she was a woman who said no. Loudly.


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