Qandeel Baloch murdered in honor killing

Qandeel Baloch was a 26-year-old social media celebrity from Pakistan who maintained thousands of fans on her social media accounts and who was known for posting raunchy photographs, comments and video’s. Qandeel knew what she was doing might have backlash in her Muslim country but maintained she had freedom to do what she wanted.

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Ms. Baloch was murdered in an “honour killing”. RIP Qandeel

 

The murderer of Qandeel was not a stranger, it was her brother, Waseem. Waseem and Qandeel’s other brothers were very moderate. Waseem deemed what she was doing to be be a slight on the family, their reputation and their religion.

Waseem drugged his parents, Anwar Azeem and Muhammad Azeem, and Qandeel. Qandeel’s parents claim they were given milk, which contained drugs to make them fall asleep. In the morning, Anwar called her daughter to breakfast, but she never came.

Anwar went to check on her daughter and discovered her battered black and blue face, her tongue and lips were black. It was clearly too late to save Qandeel.

“We were mother and daughter, sharing all our sorrows and secrets. She used to tell me: ‘Your daughter is working hard, she’ll go far,'” Anwar added through broken hearted tears.

Anwar and her daughter were very close. Qandeel shared all her happy and sad times with her mother.

Qandeel’s father, Muhammad Azeem, said that his son, Waseem, should be “shot on sight”.

Waseem claims to have lost his mind because of others talking about what his sister was doing and saying online.

Qandeel Baloch : ‘She was a girl just like you’

Qandeel was just a girl like you or a girl you know. She should have had the right to say and do what she wanted, however, she didn’t. In fact, Qandeel is just one of over 500 people, almost entirely women, die in Pakistan yearly in the hands of relatives who should do their best to protect them. The relatives reason for killing the women? The shame they believed was brought upon their family. I wonder how many men are killed for the same thing? I wonder how many Pakistani men who also don’t follow the Koran are doing things online which would be against their religion? Why are men not treated the same as the women if they embarrass their family? I know why. It’s because they are a man. Women are expendable. It’s not like we are the givers of life or anything.

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Qandeel wasn’t happy in Pakistan and wanted to leave.

According to Qandeel’s mother, Anwar, Qandeel’s brothers had always had hatred in their hearts. She said that while they didn’t care much about what their sister was doing online, things suddenly got worse and people “poisoned their minds”.

But Ms Baloch’s brothers “always had hatred in their hearts”, Mrs Azeem said. “Before, they didn’t care much. But recently, things got worse, people… poisoned their minds.”

Muhammad Azeem ‘She must have called out’

Muhammad, her father, said that his daughter had been his “best friend”, but described his son as being “crazed”.

“I say he should be shot on sight! He suffocated my little one.  We were drugged, asleep upstairs. She must have called out to us.” Qandeel’s father, added.

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A woman or a man should be who they are meant to be and not be afraid.

The entire Punjab provincial government also became named as a complainant in the murder of Qandeel, earlier this week.

This is something rarely done but it prevents members of Qandeel’s family from legally forgiving her brother for killing her. This is a common legal loophole that many families us to see their family member who has committed and “honour killing” to not go to court and, perhaps, jail.

Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif’s daughter, confirmed on Wednesday that the ruling party was working on the bill and hoped to present it before a joint session of parliament within a few weeks.

My thoughts

Perhaps it’s time to start accepting women, around the globe, as humans as men are. Why so many women are hurt anywhere on our planet in the name of religion or speculation, is beyond me. Qandeel is not the first or the last woman who will die in an honor killing at the hands of a family member but maybe speaking out will help. Using our voices to stand up for others who need the love and support instead of hate. RIP Qandeel. I hope your parent’s get the justice both you and them are entitled to.

Info:

Pakistani Women’s Human Rights

 Advocacy Against Honour Killings

UN Women Pakistan

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