Pakistani social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch, whose racy selfies and videos were repeatedly criticised in the conservative country, has been murdered by her brother in what police suspect is a case of honour killing.
“Qandeel Baloch has been killed, she was strangled to death by her brother, apparently it was an incident of honour killing,” Sultan Azam, senior police officer in Multan, told AFP. Police said the brother was now on the run.
While social media users in Pakistan expressed their shock over Baloch’s killing, those in India were also prompt in condemning murder in the name of honour:
Qandeel Baloch shot dead.cn't blv ths.What a maniac society have we become where we cannot withstand each other views. Shameful act really .— Muhammad Azam Tahir (@azam__chohan) July 16, 2016
There is NO honor in killing! Pseudo-pious people should stop trying to play God! #QandeelBaloch— Momina Mustehsan (@MominaMustehsan) July 16, 2016
She died doing what she wanted to do. She fought to make that happen. May you now be known for your girl power. #QandeelBaloch— Nefer Sehgal (@Nefer_Sehgal) July 16, 2016
Qandeel Baloch killed for honour? When will Pakistan accept fun, entertainment, the lighter side of life & a woman who does what she wants?— Ammara Ahmad (@ammarawrites) July 16, 2016
While Baloch was held up by many of Pakistan’s youth for her liberal views and forthrightness, she also found support in India. Hundreds to Twitter users from India slammed the act of honour killing after news of Baloch’s death broke.
You know what's really dishonourable? Killing your sister. #QandeelBaloch— Priya Sometimes (@PriyaSometimes) July 16, 2016
Wow a human is killed and people defending the killing. Shows less about honor and more about degeneration of people #QandeelBaloch— Ratan Gera (@ratanalmostgera) July 16, 2016
"Honor" and "Killing". Always wondered how these two words ever came together to form a universally accepted term.#QandeelBaloch— Parth MN (@parthpunter) July 16, 2016
How does honor killing bring honor to the family? RIP #Qandeel_Baloch— Pawan Kulkarni (@moronicdiaries) July 16, 2016
Qandeel Baloch killed by her brother.— Sorabh Pant (@hankypanty) July 16, 2016
Over the family's honor.
I'm sure the family's honor is now saved by having a murderer in the house.