Death for a selfie. Short life Instagram beauties in the middle East

© Fotolia / mariemluluЖенщина in a hijab driving a carDeath for a selfie. Short life Instagram beauties in the middle East© Fotolia / mariemlulu

«Miss Baghdad — 2015» Tara Perez killed in his car with two bullets in the head, one to the chest. A couple of weeks before mysteriously killed two Iraqi Instagram-beauty. Lovers of selfie in the middle East is not easy. They also want a colorful life, but it is short-lived. The girls become victims of angry citizens, or even relatives.

«She fasted too candid photos»

«The murder of Tara literally yelling about the problems of this society: discrimination, lack of rights and freedoms. One sympathy is not enough» — he responded to the fans of the Iraqi model Tara fares at the news of her death.

On the evening of 27 September, 22-year-old girl was riding in his sports car in the Baghdad district of Kam-Sarah. Tara became famous in 2015, when he won the title «Miss Iraq». Her career took off immediately after returning from Europe. Fashion icon, the face of fashion brands, popular videobloggers — live Tara preferred to his native Erbil, capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, but often traveled to Baghdad.

Daily girl posted Instagram photos, collecting tens of thousands of views and likes. She entered the top of the most popular stars of social networks of Iraq with 2.7 million subscribers. Some admired her posts with the requirements of equal rights for men and women, others were criticized for being «too outspoken» by Eastern standards pictures. Western man these pictures would have seemed perfectly ordinary: the girl wore shorts and mini-skirts, stuffed a few tattoos, self made, and confidently held in front of the camera.

And so her life was cut short. Towards the car jumped a few people with weapons in their hands and opened fire. The doctors came quickly, but the girl from the received wounds has died.

The murder recalled the two mysterious deaths of popular stars Instagram. In August of this year, relatives found the body of Rafif al-Asiri, who owned a beauty salon and Barbie often post their pictures in social networks. In the photos she showed mostly perfect makeup and beauty trends. Police have not named the cause of her death. And the testimony of relatives is too confusing.

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A couple of weeks, also under mysterious circumstances, was killed Rasha al-Hassan, beauty expert and salon owner Viola in Baghdad. Yesterday, she published a post in Facebook on the first day of Eid al-Adha: «on the Morning of this holiday, consider your wishes, write the prayers, prepare for the great day and generous the Lord will hear them and open the gates to heaven.»

«Now it is the turn of owners of beauty salons» — if Iraqi MP Faik al-Shaykh Ali at Twitter. The politician condemned all «enemies of beauty and killers of creativity.»

You are not my brother

This dislike of publicity in Instagram are not only in Iraq. In July 2016, the Pakistani model and blogger, known under the pseudonym of Kandil Baloch, smothered brother, the furious daring pictures that were posted in social networks. The girl was 26 years old, at home she was considered a celebrity, but for the curvy shape was known as «Pakistani Kim Kardashian».

Kandil a, which, by the way, contained the whole family, lived separately, but that evening drove to visit her parents. There was one of her brothers named Wasim. He began to scold my sister for «indecent behavior.» The girl to remain silent was not, the brother and sister quarreled.

The next morning the parents found her daughter’s body. Wasim immediately confessed to the murder. He said, completely unrepentant, as the publication of pictures in bikinis «his sister had shamed the family». One of the brothers supported him.

The girl was killed with special cruelty: first she gave the pill, and then I sewed the mouth and nose, blocking air. After the funeral the father of the deceased told reporters that part of the money received for Instagram-posts, Baloch gave brother Wasim. And he willingly took.

Rich can be all

In many closed Muslim countries situations begins to change. In Iran, known for its harsh religious conservatism, Golden youth created in Instagram account Rich Kids Of Tehran (the»Rich kids of Tehran») and regularly talks about his adventures.

In pictures of girls in bikinis relax in luxurious villas, with their heads uncovered walking the streets or sitting in cafes and restaurants. The young people photographed against the backdrop of expensive cars, flying in helicopters and private planes, live in houses, like palaces, are branded items, not forgetting to shoot it on iPhones.

Not so well-off are also actively post in social networks the photos that the middle East would be called «quite Frank». In the Iranian Instagram account appeared My Stealthy Freedom («My secret freedom»), in which women post pictures without hijabs. And they have to be photographed in secret, for example, in the car or on a deserted beach.

Some go even further, breaking taboos and Muslim traditions. In 2015 in the US came the adult film «Women of the Middle East». In the main roles were played not just an actress hungry for fame and money and girls from Pakistan and Lebanon, Muslim. According to them, they went into the porn industry in order to «open up women to the veil, hijab and headscarf road to the world public.» They regularly receive threats.

Relatives kills

If in Iraq the murder of the girls can stand one of the angry users of social networks, in Pakistan and India with them sometimes crushes the family. As in the case of the Baloch Kandil, relatives believe that have to wash away the shame with blood. The reason for the punishment can be quite minor, in the opinion of Western man, the reins. At the hands of relatives, dissatisfied with the violation of traditional rules, there die each year hundreds of women.

Most often, these «assassins of honor» avoid a prison sentence and only in rare cases are punishable by several years imprisonment. For many years human rights activists in India seeking the adoption of a law governing measures of restraint for these Champions of morality. But society is divided: conservatives agree that women «asked for it». And the beauty of the girls remains a terrible force, to dispose of which they do not allow the offended than men.