Internet and social media are democratic media in the hands of the grassroots. That is what they say. There is much enthusiasm about it in certain circles. But is it true? How democratic is it? In India, right wing blind bhakts behave as if they exist only to troll anyone not toying their line,
Our neighbours seem to compete with our right wing troll-army – the other day, Bangladeshi blinds killed a social media journalist.
And now, much more distressing news from Pakistan – the social media star Quandeel Baloch is strangled to death -seemingly- by her own brother, after receiving many misogynist and death threats!
Pak Internet Star Qandeel Baloch Strangled By Brother In ‘Honour Killing’
- Qandeel Baloch allegedly killed by brother in suspected ‘honour killing’
- Baloch’s social media posts flared controversy in conservative Pakistan
- Police were now looking for her brother Waseem who is on the run
Qandeel Baloch, a social media star whose exploits divided opinion in conservative Pakistan, was allegedly strangled by her brother in what appears to be an “honour killing”, police and her family said on Saturday.
Baloch’s raunchy social media photos challenged social norms in Pakistan, a deeply traditional Muslim country where women are often repressed by their family or the community. Her killing shocked the South Asian country.
Baloch received multiple death threats and suffered frequent misogynist abuse, but continued posting provocative pictures and videos. In Facebook posts, she spoke of trying to change “the typical orthodox mindset” of people in Pakistan.
Punjab Police spokeswoman Nabeela Ghazanfar told Reuters Baloch, real name Fauzia …