Pakistani social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch has been killed by her brother in an apparent ‘honour killing’ in the province of Punjab, police say. She pushed the boundaries of what is considered acceptable behavior for women in Pakistan and was killed by her brother in a suspected “honor killing,” the police said Saturday. Officials said Qandeel Baloch, a 26-year-old who was described as the country’s Kim Kardashian, died at her parents’ house in the central city of Multan
Ms. Baloch, whose real name was Fauzia Azeem, became one of the country’s best-known media figures for posting videos and selfies on her social-media accounts, which have hundreds of thousands of followers.
Her killing is likely to reignite debate about honor killings in Pakistan. Over 1,000 women were killed in such incidents last year in the country, according to data compiled by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, an independent body. Many women are murdered by male relatives who feel their behavior or decisions have “dishonored” the family. Cases of women being killed for ‘dishonouring’ their family are commonplace in Pakistan.
Ms Baloch, 26, recently caused controversy by posting controversial pictures of herself on social media, including one alongside a Muslim cleric, Abdul Qavi. In which she wore his cap and took selfies while sitting on the arm of his chair. Mr. Qavi’s appearance in the video was quickly criticized by religious circles, and he was suspended from a religious panel. Although she received opprobrium from some circles, Ms. Baloch was praised by many Pakistanis for refusing to adhere to the society’s restrictions on women and for standing up to conservatives.
Qandeel Baloch became a household name for posting bold, sometimes raunchy, photographs, video and comments.