Indian writer Sushmita Banerjee killed in Afghanistan

7 Sep

Indian national Sushmita Banerjee, whose memoir about her dramatic escape from the Taliban was turned into a Bollywood film, was shot dead in Afghanistan by militants.

Banerjee, 49, was killed outside her home in Paktika province. She was married to Afghan businessman Jaanbaz Khan and recently moved back to Afghanistan to live with him.

Taliban militants arrived at her home in the provincial capital of Kharana, tied up her husband and other members of the family, took Banerjee out and shot her, police were quoted as saying by BBC.

 More about Sushmita Banerjee


  • She was basically India National writer and married to Afghani businessmen later.
  • She was also known as Sushmita Bandhopadhyay and sayeda Kamla.
  • Her  book Kabuliwalar Bangali Bou (A Kabuliwala’s Bengali Wife), about her escape from the Taliban in 1995, became a bestseller in India and was made into the Bollywood film “Escape From Taliban” in 2003.
  • Some well known books written by her are
    •  Talibani Atyachar—Deshe o Bideshe (Taliban atrocities in Afghanistan and Abroad)
    •  Mullah Omar
    • Taliban O Ami
    •  Ek Borno Mithya Noi (Not a Word is a Lie)
    • Sabhyatar Sesh Punyabani (The Swansong of Civilisation) 

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