Qandeel Baloch, the Kim Kardashian of Pakistan Killed by Brother
Qandeel Baloch has been killed by her brother in an apparent 'honor killing' for 'dishonoring' her family and traditions. The 26 year old was strangled in the province of Punjab after she fled from Karachi due to the threats she was facing there.
She had a reputation for posting bold photos and videos as well as comments that often left most people in rage. Before her death she had posted some controversial pictures on social media, including one with a Muslim cleric.
She rose to fame in 2014 after pouting on a video asking "How em looking?” It went viral and since then her social media life and posts have been received with both admiration from the younger people as well as disgust from those who saw her as a threat to their beliefs and culture.
Her parents who found the body on Saturday morning said she had, had a heated argument with her brother, Wasim, on Friday before he strangled her and ran. They have since been taken into custody by the police. Family sources have also said that her brothers had been threatening her, telling her to quit controversial modeling on social media.
When it comes to honor killing in Pakistan no woman is ever safe, be it they are posting controversial pictures online or just refusing to marry their rapist. Some have condemned her killing and asked for prosecution of the perpetrator while others are happy and saying it is good news that she is dead. They are even hauling praises to her suspected killer.
Film maker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy whose documentary, A girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, won an Oscar earlier this year condemned the death stating that no woman was safe in Pakistan unless they start sending men who kill women to jail as an example to the rest.
Pakistan is a country that is still struggling with sexuality especially where women are concerned. Majority of them especially those from poor backgrounds still lack basic rights like school and consensual marriage. The violence against them is rife and Qandeel Baloch’s death shows it all.