Here's how social media reacted to the murder of Pakistani internet celebrity Qandeel Baloch:
Pakistan’s most famous internet celebrity Qandeel Baloch was killed on July 15 by her brother in probably the country’s most high-profile case of “honor killing.” 26-year-old Baloch was drugged and strangled while sleeping at the family home in the city of Multan.
Many people condemned the murder of Qandeel Baloch and demanded punishment for the killer on Social media. Raza Ahmad Rumi, a journalist based in New York posted the following graphic of the activist:
— Raza Ahmad Rumi (@Razarumi) July 17, 2016
Baloch was the latest victim of ‘honor killing,’ a barbaric practice of killing a member of the family by another family member in the name of saving the honor of the family, which is mostly practiced in Pakistan. At least a thousand women in the country share the same fate every year.
YES, I dislike Qandeel Baloch, But killing someone in the name of honor is pathetic. No matter who it is, no one deserves this death.
— Furqan Shayk (@FurqanShayk) July 16, 2016
Lauren Southern, a commentator at The Rebel, described Baloch as a very brave woman who stood up for women’s rights and died for it.
Rest in peace Qandeel Baloch, she stood up for women's rights where it was very brave to do so and died for it. pic.twitter.com/8PIRbDwlBU
— Lauren Southern (@Lauren_Southern) July 18, 2016
26-year-old model’s father has acknowledged that she had supported all her family member’s including his son, who killed her.
— Mahrukh Qureshi (@MahrukhQureshi) July 18, 2016
Meanwhile, some Pakistanis apparently have ”celebrated” the murder of Baloch. Melbourne-based journalist Rita Panahi pointed out this fact with some screenshots.
— Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) July 16, 2016
Even Hamid Mir, one of the Pakistan’s most famous journalists in Pakistan, has been accused of writing negative words about Baloch on Twitter. Hamid didn’t deny the accusation made by some Twitter users.
— Ali Salman Alvi (@alisalmanalvi) July 17, 2016
Baloch was known as ‘Pakistan’s Kim Kardashian’ for her numerous revealing pictures comparable with the ones by Kardashian published on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The following image has been shared many times on social media after her death:
Qandeel Baloch posted selfies with Mufti Abdul Qavi last month on Facebook, which created a huge controversy in Pakistan. Mufti was suspended from two important councils as a result.
Pakistani law allows the family members of a victim to pardon the killer. However, the authorities of the country have said they won’t allow Baloch’s family to ‘forgive’ her killer.
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