Certain events reaffirm the fact that our society has to go a long way in eliminating the patriarchal mindset.
Qandeel Baloch, counted among the top successful models and Internet sensation, was strangled to death by her own brother in Multan.
When asked the reason behind the cold-blooded murder, he said, to avenge the dishonouring of the family because of her ‘risqué’ or ‘unconventional’ career.
The 25-year-old was killed post an argument with her brother, Wasim. Her parents have been taken into custody.
Fauzia Azeem a.k.a Qandeel Baloch started off as bus hostess. Her hometown was a small tribal area known as Shah Sadar Din of district Dera Ghazi Khan in the southern part of Punjab. After much struggle, she achieved success.
Life was never easy for her.
Scandals and a failed marriage marred her life. The infamous ‘Mufti Qawi scandal’ made her the receiving end of abuses and death threats and she had rubbed the wrong side of orthodox clerics. She begged for security from her home country but as expected she received none and she had made up her mind to settle down abroad along with her parents but little did she know that her future plans will never be fulfilled.
She was married to Aashiq Hussain of Kot Addu but according to her, it was an abusive and violent one. She claimed that Hussain never told their son that she was his mother. According to Hussain, theirs was a love marriage.
Investigations are going on and we hope that the murderer gets punished for what he did.
Till when will women be sacrificed at the altar of ‘honour’? The concern is voiced by Sharmeen Obaid- Chinoy, an Oscar winner for his documentary on the subject “A girl in the River”.