This is such an unbelievably sad situation.
Earlier this past year, it was reported that actress Afshan Azad, who portrays Padma Patil in the Harry Potter films, had her life threatened by her father and brother, who are Muslim, in what was suspected to be an attempted honor killing, and during her brother's trial in the Manchester Crown Court, the details of the horrific ordeal the poor girl went through were revealed!
According to Prosecutor Richard Vardon, on the night of May 21st, 2010, Azad was in her bedroom and on her cell phone with her Hindu boyfriend, when her brother, Ashraf, broke down the door and launched a "prolonged and nasty" attack on the actress!
"He then grabbed her hair and threw her across the room. She began crying and asked him to stop. The defendant began punching her with clenched fists to her back and head area. She struggled to breathe and was scared for her life”
Ashraf's wife, Sonia, apparently attempted to intervene, but he then dragged her into her parents' bedroom, threw her on the bed, and according to Vardron, said:
"'Sort your daughter out! She's a slag!' She struggled to breathe and was scared for her life. She was told she had to marry a Muslim or you die."
She was then told to go to bed, and the following day, she fled her family's home.
Just shocking. And so unbelievably disturbing.
Azad earlier pled guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and although his sister was said to have begged the court to not jail - many suspect out of her fear for her life - Judge Roger Thomas sentenced him to six months behind bars.
"This persistent attack was accompanied by serious and very hurtful abuse and threats. It must have been a miserable and frightening experience for your sister which, she suggested, lasted for about three hours or so. The background to this offense lies in the concern that you, and perhaps other family members, had about Afshan's relationship with a young man who was not of the Islamic faith. This is a sentence that is designed to punish you for what you did and also to send out a clear message to others that domestic violence involving circumstances such as have arisen here cannot be tolerated."
Wonderful! In no way, shape or form should this man get ANY lenience with his sentence!
It makes us SICK to think that violence like this is tolerated in families because of religion!
We just truly hope that this girl realizes that this is exactly what needs to happen, and if her family can't see that, then she needs to be brave and stay away from them.
These are the people who are supposed to love you and be there for you no matter what, bb. Stay strong.
You're in our thoughts.
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