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Pakistani model and social media star Qandeel Baloch. (Facebook)


Brother of murdered social media star indicted for honor killing in Pakistan

By WITW Staff on December 8, 2016

Waseem Azeem, the brother of slain model Qandeel Baloch, has been indicted by a central Pakistan court for killing his sister in the name of honor. In July, Azeem confessed to murdering his sister by drugging her with sedatives and strangling her in her sleep. Azeem had justified the murder by saying the “shameful” pictures Baloch posted to social media necessitated that he kill her for the sake of “family honor.”

In her last post to Facebook, Baloch, a self-described “modern day feminist,” had written that she hoped “to change the typical orthodox mindset of people who don’t wanna come out of their shells of false beliefs and old practices.”

Two others have been indicted in helping Azeem murder Baloch, according to a government prosecutor. Azeem’s family had been forbidden from forgiving him for his sister’s murder — a loophole that could have allowed the family to set Azeem free. In October, Pakistan lawmakers passed a bill that officially barred families of those who commit honor killings from forgiving the perpetrator. Those convicted of an honor killing under the new bill also face a minimum 25-year prison sentence.

In 2015 alone, more than 1,000 women were killed in Pakistan by relatives in the name of honor.

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