27 October, 2020

The Taliban Tattoo

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

The Taliban Tattoo
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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:

SARANA was a picturesque village when I went there in 1989. But, for an Indian,the Muslim laws pertaining to women were hard to follow. Being a woman meant that one had to live an isolated life—never stepping out of the house or talking face to face to any man other than...

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