Social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch, who was strangled in what appeared to be an ''honour killing,'' in Multan, Pakistan, is pictured in a selfie on her Facebook page. Qandeel Baloch/Facebook/via Reuters
Pakistani social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch has been killed by her brother in an apparent 'honour killing' in the province of Punjab, police say. Ms Baloch, 26, recently caused controversy by posting controversial pictures of herself on social media, including one alongside a Muslim cleric. Police say she was strangled to death. Cases of women being killed for 'dishonouring' their family are commonplace in Pakistan.
Qandeel Baloch’s case is interesting because her father denounced his son for murdering his sister but he is still a supporter of the violence that led to her death. People in her community commit these honor killings (Ch.2) because they are actually afraid of female sexuality which is a problem that is evident in many cultures worldwide. It is frightening that even the police condone this kind of behavior if they believe it was done to preserve honor.