Qandeel Baloch, a 26-year-old former model and social media star became a household name in Pakistan for her bold, unapologetic videos celebrating her sexuality and, in turn, exposing the deeply ingrained misogyny and hypocrisy cutting across Pakistan’s social and class divide.
This weekend, Ms. Baloch was drugged and strangled to death in the name of “honour.” Her brother Waseem, 25, confessed to the crime stating “Girls are born to stay at home”. Waseem is now in police custody after going on the run. He went on to say he had no regrets over killing his sister and for him the video with the Islamic cleric was the final straw.
Aruna Papp, who has been working with South Asian women who are victims of honour based violence for past 35 years, joins Tasha to discuss the murder. She has founded three organizations which assist these women, and has written extensively on issues such as this one.
Papp is the author of “Unworthy Creature: A Punjabi daughters Memories of Honour, Shame and Love” where she describes growing up in honour based culture. Aruna was also selected as Canadian candidate to the 57th session of the UN where she spoke on how honour killing differs from other forms of violence.
Tasha and Papp discuss the issue of “honour” killings globally, and also dive into the issues that are present here in our own country.