While one archaic saying says that children should be seen and not heard, hard-line Islamicists insist that women should be neither seen nor heard. One woman who insisted on speaking has been silenced:
The killing of Sushmita Banerjee was the latest in a string of attacks on prominent women in Afghanistan, adding to fears women's rights in a country where many are barely allowed outside the house will recede even more after U.S.-led foreign forces fully withdraw in 2014.
The militants arrived before dawn at Banjerjee's residence in eastern Paktika province, which lies in Afghanistan's east — a region where the Taliban are especially influential.
Perhaps buying her book--even now--would provide some solace to her family, and enlighten us as to what a "war on women" really looks like.
Banerjee described trying to flee Afghanistan multiple times to get away from the Taliban, and how she was ordered executed as a result of her attempts. She made it back to Kolkata in August of 1995.
"I still remember the day I stepped on Indian soil for the first time after I had left," the interview quotes her as saying. "It was raining outside. People were scurrying for shelter. But I didn't run. I just stood there and let the rain wash off my pain. I felt if I could bear so much in Afghanistan, I can surely bear my motherland's rain. I don't know how long I stood there, but I won't forget that day."
Mrs Banerjee did not know Christ, but perhaps her generous kindness towards her new compatriots, and the medical assistance she offered them redound to her salvation. May she rest in peace.