[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; if you have tips, please send them here.]
This is Afshan Azad. You might recognize her. She is a Pakistani actress who appeared in some of the Harry Potter movies as Padma Patil.
She has also been beaten by her brother, called a prostitute and threatened with murder by her father. Why? Because she dared to date a Hindu.
A Harry Potter actress fled her home after her father and brother threatened to kill her for going out with a Hindu man, a court heard yesterday.
Afshan Azad, 22, who appeared in the blockbuster movies as Padma Patil, was attacked and branded a ‘slag’ when Muslim relatives found out about her boyfriend.
The actress was so scared that she escaped out of her bedroom window and later fled her home city.
Police were called and her father, Abul Azad, 54, and brother, Ashraf, 28, were arrested and charged with making threats to kill her. The actress’s brother was also charged with assault.
But Miss Azad refused to testify and yesterday failed to turn up at their trial at Manchester Crown Court.
The account of the assault is pretty frightening, too:
Richard Vardon QC, prosecuting, said the actress was ‘the victim of an unpleasant assault by her brother’ at the family home in Longsight, Manchester, in May.
He added: ‘The reason for the assault, apparently her association with a Hindu man, that apparently being disapproved of by her family who are Muslim.’
Mr Vardon said Abul Azad had been woken up by his son, Ashraf, shouting: ‘Sort out your daughter! She’s a slag.’
He went on: ‘He continued to further assault her, shouting, “Just kill her!”’
Reading from the victim’s statement, the prosecutor added: ‘My father began saying he would do it, a reference to kill her, as he did not want his sons to have her blood on their hands and he would do time for it. Then she began to feel very scared.’
Her father was said to have threatened to take her to Bangladesh and force her into an arranged marriage.
She has fled to London, so she looks like she will be physically safe. But it is stunning that this level of intolerance exists in the world. On the other hand, it appears to be par for the course in Pakistan where blasphemy against Mohammed (pedophilia be upon him) will earn you the death sentence.
As they say, read the whole thing.
Update: Gateway Pundit covers the story, offers a few choice words for father and brother, and provides this additional picture of the young woman:
These men are emotionally deformed.
Update (II): I mistated the facts slightly, and have edited the post to reflect it. Thanks to “Anon Y. Mous.”
[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]