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Followup: Brother of Padma Patil Actress Admits Assault

Posted by: Rosi
December 20, 2010, 11:50 AM

In a followup to a story from July, Ashraf Azad has admitted attacking his sister, Afshan (Padma Patil) over her relationship with a Hindu man. The Guardian reports, "Ashraf, 28, from the Longsight district of Manchester, admitted one charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm as his trial was due to begin at Manchester crown court."

The Padma Patil actress ran out of the family home through a bedroom after her brother overheard Afshan talking on the phone to her boyfriend:

[her] father was woken by his son shouting: "Sort out your daughter. She's a slag." He continued to further assault her, in disputed Bengali, shouting, "Just kill her."
"The assault continued. There was a discussion where she was being called a prostitute," the prosecutor said. Afshan Azad made a statement to police in which she said the threats to kill her continued.
Reading from her police statement, Vardon 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." He said then she began to feel "very scared".

The newspaper states that Ashraf will be sentenced for the assault on 21st January 2011, following pre-sentence reports.

Afshan's father, Abdul Azad, was found not guilty of making a threat to kill his daughter and was bound over to keep the peace for 12 months. Ashraf Azad was also formally found not guilty of making the death threat against his sister. Afshan gave some statements, but did not attend the trial:

[Afshan] gave a statement to the two suspects' lawyer, saying: "I dearly love my father and brother. The proceedings have caused me no end of distress and if it goes ahead it will make things much worse for me."
She claimed she was not fluent in Bengali and that the threats she had alleged were actually her father saying "over my dead body" that she would be allowed to go out with a Hindu man.
Read more at The Guardian website.

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528 Points

so sad. thats a messed up family. i hope she is okay. that breaks my heart

Posted by silverkacy on December 20, 2010, 05:53 PM report to moderator
432 Points

Awful tht things like this happen to nice people lik her. i honestly hope she can live in safety and happiness soon.

Posted by Hermione Weasley on December 20, 2010, 06:04 PM report to moderator
5503 Points

She is very lucky. It is truley awful for it to happen to her. She should stick up for herself and stay strong. I wish her luck and peace forever.

Posted by ksddancer... ROAR!!!!!!! on December 20, 2010, 06:06 PM report to moderator
94 Points

That is confusing! All the best to her family. Hopefully they’ll get things straightened out.

Posted by harrypotter = life ! on December 20, 2010, 07:03 PM report to moderator
265 Points

Poor girl.

Posted by KayWeasley on December 20, 2010, 10:25 PM report to moderator
5389 Points

That’s awful. Hope the things are set straight quickly. She is grown enough to make her own choices.

Posted by Azaad Potter The Chosen One [ROAR] on December 21, 2010, 01:06 AM report to moderator
96 Points

As Islam spreads in Europe, this kind of stuff happens every day.

It’s already quite common all over Europe, only other victims are not as famous as she is.

Posted by j@m on December 21, 2010, 06:17 AM report to moderator

wouldn’t it be more logical that she’s a Hindu?

Posted by Redbeard on December 21, 2010, 07:01 AM report to moderator
376 Points

wow….this is awful anfd i hope it all gets straitened out
it seems amazing all this because the man doesnt share her religion

Posted by skittles on December 21, 2010, 09:17 AM report to moderator

Oh, I see now.. Well, not that long ago, Christians still did the same thing. Hopefully it’s just a matter of time before the Islam goes the same way.
Not that poor Afshan is really helped with that thought..

Posted by Redbeard on December 21, 2010, 10:06 AM report to moderator
350 Points

I will never understand responding to your own child like this. Is this love? It seems like they are trying to turn her into Juliet.

Posted by Bless_the_children on December 21, 2010, 01:44 PM report to moderator
113 Points

She’s lucky she is a live some of this cultures are very barbaric. That a man would rather kill his daughter just so there was no blood on his sons hands. Very sad to see her covering for them which I am sure she is doing because that’s just the way of this culture they stick by their family fully even if they are doing wrong. This is not the first case of a Indian woman being abused/threaten death by males in her family.

Posted by dobby_rocks on December 21, 2010, 02:29 PM report to moderator

Religion and culture aside, I just hope she knows that the entire Harry Potter community is behind her.

Posted by ldeb on December 21, 2010, 05:32 PM report to moderator
49 Points

How awful! Shocking! :O I pray that she’s ok.

Posted by Hazza P on December 21, 2010, 06:24 PM report to moderator
154 Points

I understand that domestic abuse and this kind of shortsighted ethnic prejudice can’t be swept under the rug…but does this story really belong on Leaky? I mean, does all things Harry Potter really mean ALL things Harry Potter?

Posted by dcrazmo {ROAR} on December 22, 2010, 02:44 AM report to moderator
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