She was a star on social media, flouting traditional Muslim social conventions, and she allegedly succumbed at the hands of her brother.”>
PARIS On the working day she was murdered, Pakistani social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch took to the Internet, where she once again uploaded the kinds of sultry images that had gained her thousands of followers.
Often referred to as Pakistan’s Kim Kardashian, the similarly curvaceous 26 -year-old, whose real name was Fouzia Azeem, posted the usual provocative photos of herself on Instagram and Facebook, this time sporting a tight black top and a glittery headband. Meticulously made up, her eyes are fixed on the camera, her lips the perfect tint of petal pink.
That night, simply hours after she set the pictures up, Baloch was strangled in her family’s home near Multan, allegedly by her fucking brother in a so-called honor killing.
“Yes of course, I strangled her, ” Baloch’s brother, Muhammad Wasim, told reporters at a press conference soon after his arrest.
“She was on the ground floor while our mothers were asleep on the roof top, ” he continued, describing how he had given her a sleeping capsule before killing her.
Wasim explained that his sister’s “intolerable behavior” is what drove him to murder her, and that her racy persona was bringing “dishonor” to the family.
“I am not embarrassed at all over what I did, ” he said.
The Human Rights Commission cites “domestic disagreements, alleged illicit relations, or exercising the right of choice in marriage” as the main motivatings for such killings, but occurrences such as Baloch’s, in which a man believes that other actions of a female relative are somehow “dishonoring” the family name, also are alarmingly frequent.
Last September, for instance, a Sargodha man fatally shot two of his sisters for what he dubbed “bad character.” And in the same month, another man gunned down three of his cousins in the name of “honor” in a village in Punjab province.
Scroll through Baloch’s Instagram feed, and you won’t find any Kardashian-esque nudes. There is some cleavage here, a bare thigh there, and numerous suggestive pouts. But compared to the risqu images that clog the accounts of American social media celebrities, Baloch’s photos are quite tame.