Even "worse" than her racy photos and videos, Baloch was an outspoken feminist...
Muhammad Wasim admitted to killing Fouzia Azeem—AKA Qandeel Baloch—claiming she was bringing "dishonor" to the family.
A social media star known as Pakistan's "Kim Kardashian" has been murdered by her brother in an apparent "honor killing."
Muhammad Wasim admitted to killing Fouzia Azeem—known as Qandeel Baloch—claiming her racy online persona was bringing "dishonor" to the family.
Wasim made his confession, shortly after he was arrested Saturday night, telling reporters at a press conference:
Yes of course, I strangled her
She was on the ground floor while our parents were asleep on the roof top.
It was around 10.45 pm when I gave her a tablet... and then killed her.
I am not embarrassed at all over what I did.
Whatever was the case, [my sister's behavior] was completely intolerable.
I am not embarrassed at all over what I did.
Yes, 'of course' he strangled her...
The "completely intolerable" behavior that supposedly pushed Wasim to rid the world of his sister included her posting a bunch of pretty tame (by western standards) selfies and videos of herself on social media.
Shortly before her murder, the 26-year-old had posted a couple of new photos on her Facebook and Instagram, showing herself clad in a tight black top and glittery headband.
Hardly murder-worthy, by anyone's standards.
There were certainly no Kardashian-esque topless, butt baring nudes, and no sex tape lurking on the edges of the interweb.
However, in socially conservative Pakistan, Baloch's selfies were still considered borderline pornographic.
And, just a quick scroll through the comments her posts garnered give a glimpse into the sickening misogyny that's prevalent in modern-day Pakistan.
Leaving the usual run-of-the-mill Western world trolls firmly in the shade, comment after comment slams Baloch for her "slutty, porn star behavior" and "prostitute' appearance.
However, even "worse" than her controversial photos and videos, Baloch was also an outspoken feminist.
She fearlessly thumbed her nose at Pakistan's patriarchal societal demands and called herself a "one-woman army."
Her voice was starting to be heard worldwide—the BBC recently ran a radio profile on her.
She linked to the segment in a July 4th Facebook post, writing:
At least international media can see what i am up to.
How i am trying to change the typical orthodox mindset of people who don't wanna come out of their shells of false beliefs and old practices.
The controversy stakes were raised yet higher after it was discovered Baloch had been married and was estranged from her young son, who remained living with her former husband.
She talked about the situation in an interview with local news site Dawn—explaining she had been forced to marry by her parents when she was a teenager:
I never accepted him as my husband in my heart or mind.
How I spent a year and a half with him, only I know.
And I only did it because of the child.
Otherwise I wouldn't have spent even one month with him.
She eventually divorced her husband, whom, she claimed, was physically abusive, and went on to launch her modeling career as "an act of revenge."
The day prior to her murder, Baloch posted on Facebook:
As a women we must stand up for ourselves.
I believe I am a modern day feminist.
I believe in equality… I don't think there is any need to label ourselves just for sake of society.
No matter how many times I will be pushed down under…I will bounce back.
I will keep on achieving and I know you will keep on hating…
DAMN but who cares.
According to Human Rights Commission, there were a recorded 1,000 "honor" crimes committed against Pakistani women in 2015.
Although, the true number is believed to be much higher.
HRC cites "domestic disputes, alleged illicit relations, or exercising the right of choice in marriage" as the main motivation for "honor" killings.
But, some guy just thinking a female's behavior is somehow 'dishonoring" the family's name is enough to result in her death.
Meanwhile, giving a glimpse in to what may have been at the real heart of Baloch's murder, according to the BBC:
Ms Baloch's funeral was held near her family home in Dera Ghazi Khan, about 130km from Multan.
Media reports said thousands of people attended, including rights campaigners. She was buried at her ancestral graveyard.
Ms Baloch's parents lodged a report with police accusing her brother of killing her, and another brother of being complicit, according to Dawn.
He said his sons were unhappy over "her achievements" and turned against her even though she supported them, the paper added.
Yeah, that sounds about right.
Because, let's face it, few things are more "dishonorable" than your sister earning more money than you, right?
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