Kakar was a mother of six children and the most prominent policewoman in the Afghanistan police force. She followed her father and brother into law enforcement in 1982 but when the Taliban came to power, she was prevented from working. She returned to the police force when the Taliban was ousted by the U.S. and its allies in 2001.
The Taliban emerged as a political power during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in 1990s. Under the leadership of Mullah Omar, the Taliban instituted a strict interpretation of Islamic law (Shariah) and was aided along the way by the ultra conservative Wahhabi teachings of our ally and friend, Saudi Arabia. As we've seen, religion in the hands of the angry and uneducated becomes a very dangerous tool. If you think you know what Islam is, think again.
By murdering Kakar, the Taliban are attempting to intimidate the women of Afghanistan. The Taliban and those of the backward ilk who murder in the name of Islam want to deprive women, girls and just about everyone else of a future with their nihilistic death wish. Sadly, they are ones who have defined Islam for the rest of the world.
In Islam, a martyr is someone who dies as a witness for good against evil. Though her Taliban murderers would claim they are waging a war against infidels, it is people like Malalai Kakar who chose to stand against intimidation and violence who are the real martyrs.