The Facebook and Instagram accounts of Qandeel Baloch, the Pakistani social media star killed by her brother in an honor killing, has been scrubbed a little over a week after her death.
Facebook pages are turned into memorial pages after someone dies and are only suspended if requested. It’s unclear who requested Baloch’s page to be suspended.
Baloch was considered Pakistan’s Kim Kardashian for her viral media stardom. Her YouTube videos and social media posts about her body and sexuality had attracted hatred in conservative Pakistan in addition to her fans.
“I believe I am a modern day feminist,” she posted on Facebook on July 14th. “I believe in equality. I need not to choose what type of women should be. I don't think there is any need to label ourselves just for sake of society. I am just a women with free thoughts free mindset.”
Her Twitter page is still live.
On July 16th, Baloch’s brother, Muhammad Waseem, strangled her to death in a so-called “honor killing,” he confessed to police later.
“She was bringing disrepute to our family’s honor and I could not tolerate it any further,” Waseem told the local media, according to the Indian Express.
Her father, who said he and her mother were drugged so they wouldn’t hear her cries, said his son should be “shot on sight” for murdering Baloch.