Daily US Times: A Top Pakistani model, who presumed dead in a plane crash last week near Karachi, has been attacked by online trolls, accusing her of having led an immoral life.
Zara Abid’s social media accounts were deactivated after comments poured in criticising her clothes and lifestyle. According to the manifest of her friends, the 28-year-old model was in Pakistan International Airlines flight when it crashed in a residential part of Karachi on Friday.
Authorities did not reveal the victims’ names, but confirmed that only two men survived. Initial reports suggested that the model had survived but later her brother issued a plea to people to stop spreading fake news.
Her Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts are no longer visible, though it is unclear if they were taken down by her family and friends or the social media sites.
In January this year, Zara Abid won “Best Female Model” at the Hum Style Awards. She worked with some of the biggest brands in Pakistani fashion.
Leading designers paid tribute to her style and professionalism. She was set to debut as an actress later this year.
When news spread that the model was thought to have been on the flight on Friday, hundreds of comments were posted on her social media platforms by religious radicals questioning her faith and adherence to Islamic practises.
Many of the comments suggested that the Pakistani model would be punished in the afterlife for her lifestyle and choices.
As examples of her “sinful” behavior, pictures of her wearing clothes that would be considered revealing in Pakistan were being posted online.
“Allah Pak doesn’t like those women who are showing their body parts to everyone and jannat [heaven] is only for pure men and pure women”, one twitter user said.
In Pakistan, prominent women can face abuse and even rape or death threats online in the name of religious piety and morality.
Some said she had redefined conventional beauty standards with her tanned complexion. In Pakistan, like in much of South Asia, fair skin is considered beautiful and idolised.