A Pakistani celebrity murdered in a so-called ‘honor’ killing case has her mother claiming that her son strangled his sister because of being taunted by his friends over her behavior.
Qandeel Baloch, who became famous through her offensive selfies and videos, was killed earlier this month, shining a light on ‘honor’ killings and resurfacing calls for law to be passed against such acts.
Speaking from her home in the village of Shah Sadar Din, Qandeel’s mother, Anwar Wai lamented as she remembered the shocking death by brother, Muhammad Wasim.
In the midst of her husband, an adult son, and daughter, she said, “He killed my daughter after being taunted by his friends. They would infuriate him and tell him she is bringing you dishonor.”
“She was an amazing daughter. I have no words that do her justice, and she took care of us much more than our sons including financially,” she mentioned, saying that the family was placed in a house that Qandeel (real name Fauzia Azeem) had in Multan. “She would phone us four or five times a day. If she wasn’t able to call one day, she would tell us ‘I’m sorry, I was working.’”
Last week, Pakistan’s law minister declared that bills directed at tackling ‘honor killings’ and furthering rape convictions would soon be voted on by parliament, following growing pressure to deal with a pattern of crime that seizes about 1,000 lives yearly.