New Delhi: The last rites of Indian author Sushmita Banerjee, who was killed by Taliban outside her home in the eastern Paktika province of Afghanistan last week, have been performed in that country, the author`s Afghan husband has informed the Indian government.
Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan has been in touch with Banerjee`s family and her husband has informed him that he has performed the last rites two days back, sources said today.
Banerjee, 49, was married to Afghan businessman Jaanbaz Khan and recently moved back to Afghanistan to live with him.
The husband`s statement comes amidst demands by her family, friends and political party Trinamool Congress to bring back the body of the slain author.
Banerjee`s book "Kabuliwalar Bangali Bou" (A Kabuliwala`s Bengali Wife), about her escape from the Taliban in 1995, became a bestseller in India and was made into the Bollywood film "Escape From Taliban" in 2003.
The memoir focussed on her life in Afghanistan with her husband and her escape from the militants.