Baloch, Pakistan discussed on Weekend Edition Saturday


For having me this story of can deal Baloch was a harrowing one that gripped her home country of Pakistan she was a social media star ambitious beautiful and daring her posts were often sexy for many in Pakistan scandalous that included own large family though they welcome the money she sent home yet all that fame could not protect can deal from a tragic end in twenty sixteen one of her brothers murdered her in what's known as an honor killing she was just twenty six journalists Sinama her is now out with a book on cayenne deals life and death she joins us from Karachi welcome thank you for having me tell us more about can deal and social media persona which could be quite risque in what is a socially conservative country that's absolutely right can deal was one of the first social media celebrities that we had in Pakistan she became famous for are the videos that she would post online to platforms like Facebook Instagram and Twitter and the videos in the photographs the self is that she put up there were mixed bag I mean just sort of ordinary things she bought a new dress and she would put it on and she'd ask do I look sexy she would make videos about her thoughts on everything from politicians to movies to her crushes on certain cricketers so we like to watch her we like to make fun of her we like to see how this young woman was just expressing herself and she became famous for doing pretty much that plague just entertaining us hello there were other people want women online at the time what was it about can deal what was the thing that push your right to we do have a lot more women that we're seeing online now doing the sorts of things that she did I think that she created a blueprint for the social media celebrity over here and back to sign because at the time that she became famous we weren't really seeing a lot of people who understood their audience as well as she did she really understood that to be a viral star it really didn't matter what you were putting out or whether people were praising you it was just important that they were talking about you will end at her peak in this was in the year she was killed the BBC profile let's listen to a clip where she calls herself an open book like lead guitar band begins again thank the lord made a lot of it done that's all available was a name he's on everyone know me I'm like I'm not a fake personal yeah she wasn't a fake person and she she revealed to everything how does that feel in Pakistan so it's interesting the clip that you just played right now should scripted this very elaborately and these two young women that I spoke with they said you know I was the first time that we'd seen a woman on television doing something as simple as just being in a swimming pool wearing whatever she wanted to with other men there in the pool so when she went home mon what you might call this fateful day she went back to the village to be with her mother really and it was because she had reached kind of peak controversy in a moment and it involved an altercation she had with the cleric a few weeks before she was killed can DO had met up with cleric who she had been on a TV show with and when he was visiting Karachi reckon the live he said why don't you come over and meet me she went over to his hotel she posted a couple of pictures from their meeting but afterwards she tweeted that he had behaved inappropriately with her she didn't specify when it happened and it became a he said she he said moment so Camille wasn't actually her real name it was a name should made up for herself and she'd never shared where she came from any details about her family life that's one of the co beat the correct that's what his followers started to do and then they shared her real name they shared information about where she came from where her parents lived and then suddenly the people in the village who didn't know all that this woman was online promising striptease as our dressing in certain ways are saying certain things they found out about it and it turned on conceals family and her brothers her brother D. basically confessed the crime took full responsibility and he did so saying his life was run in his honor was gone his life was rent he would have been able to expect no punishment when you made this confession because the way that the legislation worked at the time his parents could have forgiven him for murdering his sister I'm so he would have been able to walk free which is why he confessed so willingly and so proudly and but here is the twisted her story of course she was amazingly famous so her story is different from all the other hundreds and hundreds of women who've been through this but her parents turned on her brother and demanded justice for their daughter the dead and I mean that was amazing to see because the something that you rarely hear about in these cases but Camille's father turned around and said you know even if it means that my son has to hang for this that's exactly what's going to happen and I want him punished given that in all the publicity around her really tragic death what changed in Pakistan I think that can deals murder it's what comes out of a system that has such deep roots an honor killing takes place not just to punish a person who is believed to have stepped out of line it also serves as a warning to other people in that community or in that society so it's almost to say you know if you do something similar this is what could happen to you and in Pakistan it's going to take I think a long time before we start to dismantle that system but we're definitely working towards it and I think especially a lot of young women have become a lot more vocal on line it's safest online they've become better at organizing themselves speaking up when they feel like something is happening that they don't agree with but I do think it's going to take time for a system to completely change Sinama her he is the author of a woman like her the story 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