Qandeel Baloch’s murder prompts legislative change

A little too late for her, but maybe just in time to help save the lives of many others. Nawaz Sharif, the Prime Minister of Pakistan promised to outlaw the practice of honour killings some time ago, but failed to live up to the promise until recently. It has only become a high priority issue after the death of social media celebrity, Qandeel Baloch last week. Baloch was murdered by her brother for bringing dishonour to their family which you can read all about here. Since then the Pakistan ruling party intends to pass the legislation against honour killings within weeks according to PM Sharif's daughter, Maryam Nawaz Sharif. She said the bill will go before the parliamentary committee as early as today. The passing of the law would remove a loophole that allows family members to pardon a killer. Regardless of the bill, in Baloch's case, the police have designated the crime as a crime against the state which blocks the family from forgiving their son. Despite her brother admitting to strangling her, Islamic scholar Abdul Qavi, a member of the moon sighting committee in Pakistan who was stripped of his membership after a scandal involving Baloch is being investigated for the murder alongside Baloch's two brothers. Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Pakistan’s only Academy Award winner who won her second Oscar for her documentary on the same subject has been very outspoken about Baloch's murder. She along with many others does believe the bill will pass, but thinks it will take time before people understand why honour killings are wrong. “I am hopeful that this law will pass but the change in mindset will talk so much longer ... I think Qandeel Baloch's murder is the tipping point," Obaid-Chinoy told Reuters in an interview.   By Sidra Sheikh Banner Image: Tribune PK

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