Honor Killing of a Pakistani Feminist by her Brother

The honor killing of a well-known social media star by her brother aroused discussion and controversy in July 2016. Qandeel Baloch, age 26, had recently weeted, “I believe I am a modern day feminist. I believe in equality.” Because of threats from conservative Muslims for acts like posting photos with her hair uncovered wearing , she was planning on leaving Pakistan with her parents, but her brother killed her in their parents’ home. Feminists protested and pushed for new legislation to punish these kinds of murders, while other Pakistanis cheered the murder. Her brother, Muhammad Waseem said, “Yes of course, I strangled her. Girls are born only to stay at home and to bring honour to the family by following family traditions but Qandeel had never done that,” so he restored the family´s “honor.”
Interview with a Pakistani feminist before her brother strangled in in an honor killing.
Hufsa Chaudhry, “No One Gives Me Any Credit for Speaking About Girl Power,” Dawn, July 14, 2016.

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