On the evening of July 15, 2016, in the city of Multan, which is also known as the City of Saints, QB was strangled to death by her brother. The reason? Honor killing!
Qandeel Baloch, also known as QB, was a Pakistani media celebrity and feminist activist known for posting sensational and bold videos on various social media websites. Her acts and antics went against the very grain of the largely conservative and orthodox Pakistani Muslim society.
For example, she posted a video in which she said that if the Pakistani team beat the Indian team in a game of cricket, she would strip dance for the nation. It’s a no brainer on how the people of Pakistan reacted. She clearly went against the norms of an Islamic society and tried to live life on her own terms.
In fact, the week before she was murdered, she released a video called Ban, wherein she critiqued the inferior status of women in Pakistan.
With her death, the world lost a woman, who wasn’t afraid to speak and do what she believed in. Her actions can be described risqué at best. However, to be killed for just being sexually suggestive is definitely wrong. Unfortunately, it is very common in Pakistan and represents a typical, religiously influenced mindset in Pakistan.
I hope the spirit of QB lives forever and inspires people to keep on challenging the conservative and ultra-religious status quo of Pakistan. I don’t have much to say except to quote Rob Siltanen:
Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them.