Oh look, that wonderful religion of peace is killing people again! This time, Pakistani social media sensation Qandeel Baloch got strangled by her brother, because “girls are born to stay home.”
The 25 year-old Qandeel was murdered by her brother at her family home in the city of Multan in the Pakistani province of Punjab. After initially trying to escape, her brother, Waseem Baloch, said he had no regrets about the murder. “I am proud of what I did. I drugged her first, then I killed her. She was bringing dishonor to our family.” He says that by killing her, he has “earned his place in heaven.”
Following posting pictures of herself on her Instagram account with Mufti Abdul Qavi, a senior member of the clergy, Waseem said he had enough. “I planned this after her scandal with the mufti and was waiting for the right time.” Investigators are looking into Qavi’s possible connection with the murder. Qandeel’s mother accused the cleric of provoking her son into carrying out the murder. She claims her son carried out the killing on the cleric’s advice.
According to the Independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, as many as 212 women were murdered in “honor killings” in just the first half of 2016 alone. “There is no honor in honor killing, in fact there can be nothing more degrading than to engage in brutal murder and to refer to it as honor,” says Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan’s Prime Minister. However, very little has been done to stop the kind of religious murders that have plagued the country throughout its history.
This is what happens when people take religion seriously, when they allow their absurd beliefs to override their responsibilities to humanity. This isn’t going to stop any time soon either because religion always gets a pass. People care more about their faith than about the facts. And that results in death for far too many innocents. But what do I know, I just write the honorless Horror Show Sunday?