An Indian woman writer Sushmita Banerjee was killed by unidentified gunmen outside her home in eastern Paktika province of Afghanistan on 4 September 2013. The attackers shot her dead outside the house. The militants dumped her dead body outside a madarasa. 49-year old Sushmita was married to an Afghan businessman Jaanbaz Khan and recently moved back to Afghanistan to live with him. Her book entitled Kabuliwaler Bangali Bou, became a bestseller in 1995. The memoir was based on her experiences in Afghanistan and her escape from the Taliban captivity in the 1980s.
The book was also a theme for a Bollywood film Escape from Taliban in 2003.
Banerjee was also known as Sayed Kamala after she converted to Islam. She was working as a health worker in Paktika and had been filming the lives of local women as part of her work.
Who: Sushmita Banerjee
When: 4 September 2013