The honor killing of Qandeel Baloch is still seen as one of the most reported and critiqued honor killings of all time due to her stature at the time as a social media star. People from all walks of life including Theresa May, Imran Khan, Bilawal Bhutto, Maryam Nawaz, and others criticized the brothers and what they had done to their sister.
It has been a case that has been spoken about with passion around the world and is still remembered to this day.
Here is more on the honor killing of Qandeel Baloch.
Who Was Qandeel Baloch?
Fouzia Azeem or “Qandeel Baloch” (her stage name) was a famous artist and social media star at the time of her death. She had gained popularity for some of her work including a music video. She was well-recognized online and was viewed by numerous people from all parts of the world.
She was 26-years-old at the time of her death and was married to a man named Ashiq Hussain. She had a child with Mr. Hussain.
Qandeel Baloch lived with her two brothers and parents at the time of her death.
Day of Honor Killing
Qandeel Baloch was staying with her parents in Multan along with her siblings. The brothers decided she had hurt their honor due to the work she was doing in the media.
On the day of the honor killing, the brother entered her room and strangled her to death. The method used to choke her was to cover her nose and mouth until she couldn’t breathe any longer.
The original call was made for a shooting at home but, that was changed after on-scene investigators noticed the marks around her neck and face. It was then changed to death by asphyxiation.
Reason for Honor Killing
What was the underlying reason for Waseem to go ahead and kill his sister Qandeel Baloch? This was the question asked of him after he was arrested by the local police.
The reason given was she had ruined the family’s honor, and her work was not in line with cultural norms.
The brother stated his friends used to taunt him about Qandeel and what she was doing online leading to his anger. He wanted to avoid having to deal with those insults any longer and felt it was time to do something about it, which is why the honor killing occurred in Multan.
Conviction After Honor Killing
What happened to the brother who committed this act against Qandeel Baloch in Pakistan.
The case received incredible worldwide attention for how it was committed along with who it was committed against. Since Qandeel Baloch was a renowned figure, it became a case that was followed in detail.
The brother was charged with murder via asphyxiation and another brother was accused for pushing him into the act of honor killing. The father provided a statement against both of his sons for their actions.
Various legal changes by an intellectual property law firm are being proposed in Pakistan to apprehend and convict individuals who commit honor killings.