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No Tears In Paktika

Sushmita Banerjee’s family gropes for closure as they examine her grisly end

No Tears In Paktika
AFP (From Outlook 23 September 2013)
No Tears In Paktika
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Who really killed Sushmita Banerjee? At the Calcutta house of the Bengali author who was murdered in Afghanistan last week, the question haunts her ang­uished family members. Latest police reports from Afghanistan after the arr­est of two men suspected to be inv­olved in the crime suggest that probably the Pak­istan-bac­ked Haqqani network, and not the Tal­iban as was initially sus­pected, eng­­i­neered the murder of the woman whose autobiographical account of her marriage to an Afghan moneylender and her audacious escape from the clutches of the Taliban catapulted her to international fame. But Sushmita’s family and friends are not so sure. They suspect that it could have been her own husband, Jaanbaaz, and his family who killed her. “We will never get her back but it is important for us to know, because we want justice,” says Sushmita’s brother Gopal Banerjee, who is also trying to get her body back to Calcutta.

Gopal lets on that though the family initially believed reports that the Taliban was to blame,...

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