The brother of Pakistani social media star, Qandeel Baloch told media that he is proud that he killed his sister. He further claimed that he did it because “girls are born to stay home.” 26 year-old Qandeel Baloch was strangled at her family home in the city of Multan in the Pakistani province of Punjab. Her brother was later arrested. In his confession video, he expresses no regret.
I am proud of killing my Sister : Brother of Qandeel Baloch
“I am proud of what I did. I drugged her first, then I killed her,” Waseem Baloch says. “She was bringing dishonor to our family.”
Her brother Waseem claims that having his friends share her pictures and video clips was “too much” for him and killing his sister was a better alternative than killing himself.
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Waseem remarks that he thinks he will be remembered with pride and honor, and by bringing honor to his family he has earned his place “in heaven.” “Girls are born to stay home and follow traditions. My sister never did that,” he says.
Qandeel Baloch did not come from a wealthy, privileged background, as do many of Pakistan’s politically prominent women. She did not even have the education and exposure of her compatriots who go on to become activists.
She was from a small town in a conservative, feudal district of the Punjab. Her first job was as a “bus hostess”. Her real name was Fouzia Azeem. She got married in her late teens.
She went through serial pregnancies, financial struggle and social oppression. But she was not willing to submit to a life of suffocation. She walked out of the marriage. And Fouzia Azeem was laid to rest and Qandeel Baloch was born.
After that Qandeel Baloch became a household name for posting bold, sometimes raunchy, photographs, video and comments. She was a one-woman show, operating out of her bedroom. She posted grainy, homemade videos on YouTube. She promised to “strip dance” for the nation if Pakistan beat India at a T20 cricket match.
But in Pakistan, her flirty antics pushed the boundaries. Her acts were not going down well with her family. It was when she started speaking of women’s rights that she crossed into truly dangerous territory. Then she became a threat to traditional power structures. In one of her last interviews, she asked interviewer: “How can I threaten anyone’s honour when I have been told repeatedly that I have no honour?”