The last chapter of Qandeel Baloch’s (Urdu: قندیل بلوچ) life is written on July 16, (July 15, Friday, night) in Multan, Pakistan. She was only 26. Her real name was Fauzia Azeem (Urdu: فوزیہ عظیم). Her parents reported the murder to police on Saturday morning. They found her strangulated in bed. Probably it happened in the night. She had an altercation with her brother and it reached to an extreme extent. Her brother, Waseem, is on the run. He would be able to throw more light on the last moments between them, once caught.
Qandeel Baloch was a revolutionary by birth. She was against victimization of women in the society. Baloch wished for a liberal society where a woman can live a life of her choice. She was aspiring to get education at the time of her marriage to an uneducated man, much older than her. That too against her choice. She was born on March 1, 1985.
The marriage didn’t last long. Baloch got married at 18, had a son at 19, and soon she left her husband. Her husband used to torture her extensively. After separation, she completed her Matric, Bachelors and then came into the world of reality for work. It was quite difficult for her initially. She hated patriarchal model of society and criticized it openly. She did modeling and finally became a prominent social media celebrity.
Qandeel Baloch Died on July 16, 2016
Qandeel Baloch has 738,402 likes on her official page on Facebook on the day of her murder. In one of her posts on her official page on Facebook dated July 4, at 7.42 pm. She quoted,
“Atleast international media can see what i am upto. How i am trying to change the typical orthodox mindset of people who don’t wanna come out of their shells of false beliefs and old practices.
Here this one is for those people only.
Thankyou my believers and supporters for understanding the message i try to convey through my bold posts and videos. It’s time to bring a change because the world is changing. let’s open our minds and live in present.”
This post has 252,000 views, 3,300 likes, 2,600 comments, and 251 shares. In fact, there are a lot more posts like this. While she had a large fan following, most of the fans and followers are belonging to youth.
A lot of youth in Pakistan respect Qandeel Baloch as their role model and cultural icon. She has 123,000 followers on Instagram and 41,000 on her Twitter account. Baloch never gave up in the male dominant society. She was asking for a security from Government for a couple of weeks. But the government was not taking it seriously. In fact, she was planning to leave Pakistan soon and settle down in some other country. While she was quite extrovert and aggressive, she was having a fear factor somewhere in her mind.