Qandeel Baloch Last Dance before she killed
Qandeel Baloch was drugged and strangled by her brother because he perceived her actions to be dishonorable and un-Islamic. He felt entitled to kill her. In some ways, it was a typical instance of the more than 500 “honor killings” of women in Pakistan every year. Infractions against conservative values can be life threatening for women across South Asia.
But because of Qandeel Baloch’s celebrity — her appearances of reality TV shows, her Instagram account with almost 70,000 followers, her Facebook page with more than 10 times that — this death was different. The 26-year-old had used her very public images and appearances to say what was on her mind, to strut her stuff, to be herself. She was coy, risqué, overtly sexy.
In a small, judicial way, it now appears her death, unlike so many before it, may not be totally in vain. The politically influential daughter of Pakistan’s prime minister, Maryam Sharif, said on Tuesday that her father’s party would introduce legislation by next week to close a legal loophole allowing family members of honor killers to pardon them. Honor killings are considered murder in Pakistani law, but the forgiveness clause can let the accused off the hook if the rest of his family sympathizes with him.