Muslim teen Edil Mohamed says she was outraged to learn this summer about the fatal strangling of Pakistani social media star Qandeel Baloch at the hands of her brother, who was taunted by friends about her provocative poses and postings, according to news reports.
“We have been fighting for women’s rights for more than 100 years,” says Mohamed, a junior at Boston Latin School. “It’s crazy that in 2016, women still don’t have equal rights.”
Over 500 people die in largely Muslim Pakistan annually in these so-called “honor-killings,” according to aljazeera.com, and are mostly perpetrated by relatives who are embarrassed by behavior they consider shameful.
Activists denounce these acts as pure murder.
“They feel they could be happy because they regain their honor,” says Djibril Conte, 15, from Mattapan. “At the same time, that’s not OK.”
Indeed, Baloch’s brother told reporters after his arrest that he had no regrets about the slaying.
“I think that’s really sad,” says Feven Yohannes, a junior at Boston Latin School, “Her life was wrongfully taken from her.”