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The Taliban Tattoo

Terrorised, victimised, incarcerated: an Indian woman's story of life under the extremist regime.

The Taliban Tattoo

Terrorised, victimised, incarcerated: an Indian woman's story of life under the extremist regime. Six years in Afghanistan, three of these under the Big Brother scrutiny of the Taliban, has made Sushmita Banerjee a hardened woman with bitter memories. The 34-year-old Calcuttan had been trapped in Sarana, a village three hours outside Kabul, ever since 1989 when—after a whirlwind romance and marriage to Janbaz Khan, a Pathan—she had gone to visit her in-laws' home. Eventually, she became the target of the Taliban. For close to three months she was placed under house arrest. And was nabbed when she tried to flee the country.

Sushmita recalls her trials and tribulations in a country where the populace, particularly women, live under severe repression:

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