In the latest update regarding the case of Pakistani Internet sensation Qandeel Baloch's honour killing, the victim's brother, Muhammad Waseem, has confessed to his crime and is unapologetic about it. He was arrested in Dera Ghazi Khan in central Pakistan on Saturday night.
Unhappy with his sister's racy photos on social media and 'blasphemous' activities, Waseem killed her by giving her a 'tablet' and then strangled her to death on Saturday, says a report in NDTV.
In a press conference arranged by the Pakistani police, he justified how Qandeel had been 'dishonouring' the family's reputation and said, "I have no regrets."
While the internet star gained immense popularity for her outspoken nature, she was hated too for her audacity and guts. She often questioned gender stereotypes and challenged conservative patriarchal mindsets.
The report also suggests that the model had been threatened with death in the past, yet she continued posting explicit photos and videos that didn't appeal to the conservative Pakistani masses. She was a self-proclaimed feminist and often used her Facebook page as a platform to voice her opinions.
Many took to social media to grieve her death, mirroring the condition of women in the country.
Saw her videos last year and got curious..Saw many of her interviews and I did become a fan ..she was bold and fearless RIP #QandeelBaloch😔— Gaurav Gera (@gauravgera) July 16, 2016
#QandeelBaloch Your murder will not be ignored. Your voice not silenced. Your life and your beautiful mind, courage & freedom not in vain.— Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) July 16, 2016
Qandeel Baloch is dead because we hate women who don't conform. Especially when they start catalysing change.... https://t.co/3GkgLm4BDf— beena sarwar (@beenasarwar) July 16, 2016
Horrible mixture of egos, toxic masculinity, patriarchal society & perverted misogyny justifying honour killings in Pak.Shame!#QandeelBaloch— Harsh Goenka (@hvgoenka) July 16, 2016