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Followup: Brother of Padma Patil Actress Admits Assault

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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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41 Comments

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What a frightening situation. I hope that it can be resolved as quickly & painlessly as possible.

Posted by Bara on December 22, 2010, 04:52 AM report to moderator
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838 Points

Omg! That’s terrible.

Posted by Tanderule on December 22, 2010, 01:57 PM report to moderator
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i hope everything turns out ok, and that the whole thing gets resolved fast. this must be so hard for them all.

Posted by nimbus2010 on December 23, 2010, 09:55 AM report to moderator
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141 Points

How very sad. Hope things work out for all concerned.

Posted by Oh, Neville OoM4, GS on December 23, 2010, 04:14 PM report to moderator
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of course she is not safe in her home – Muslim’s practice “Honor Killing” of their daughters that stray and have relationships with non-Muslims.

Posted by Sirius B (HeartMagic104) on December 24, 2010, 12:40 AM report to moderator
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I have to agree with dcrazmo {ROAR} on this. What is a story like this doing on leaky? It’s bad enough that this happened to that girl at her own home. Now someone has to spread the ugly facts all over the internet. Just because other so called journalist want to put that girls private problems out there doesn’t mean the leaky site has to do the same. It is none of our business. And I’m sure she has it hard enough as it is without our noses poking in her private life! Keep these stories off the leaky site!

Posted by Strider on December 24, 2010, 04:58 AM report to moderator
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857 Points

All thing Potter means exactly that. Not all things potter except articles that are depressing or that might make some uncomfortable.

Leaky has taken on an awsome and awful responsibility. I am proud they do not shirk this responsibility.

While I do hope this poor child and her family can get past this and that she can date and marry who she wants, regardless of religion, I fear that Sirius B is right. She is not now, or in the forseeable future safe, especially at home.

Posted by Deanie on December 24, 2010, 03:27 PM report to moderator
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80450 Points

Sadly, the ONLY way she will be safe, (the idiots in the government are dolts and ass covering fools!) will be to take some of the money she has made from the films, and hire professionals to ‘sort out’ her father & brother!

Posted by Won_Two on December 24, 2010, 05:56 PM report to moderator
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I’m not saying the article shouldn’t be put on the site because it’s depressing or that it might make us uncomfortable, I’m saying it shouldn’t be on here because it intrudes into the privacy of the actress involved. It’s nice to know that leaky is reporting all things about Potter, but with this article they’ve crossed a line. It’s hard enough for her to have those problems at home. It’s even harder that the press has to spread around the story to the public. We have no business knowing about any of the actors private life. If the actress involved would like to tell her story to the public, that’s her choice. And if she wants everyone to know and spout their opinions about her private problems, then by all means, let her do that. But for the press to do this, and with them leaky too, that’s just despicable! Once again, it’s none of our business. This is not a comment where I note my discomfort, this is about the interests of the actress herself!

Posted by Strider on December 25, 2010, 05:05 PM report to moderator
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That is a very sad story i hope that the family can unite again and get over this so that she Can feel safe at home again.
As for the stupid comment from Sirius B. Does that mean that if a christian man kills his wife (and some times their children) in murder of passion, that all westerners practice this form of violence As a matter of culture.
That is extreme generelysing.

Posted by abena on December 27, 2010, 02:28 AM report to moderator
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I can’t believe her brother/father would do that to her! It is a terrible and terrifying thing to happen i bet. My best to you Afshan! I hope you are OK. Let Courage and loyalty be with you! P.S. Please,i know you are probably not but,DON’T stickup for your brother or father.

Posted by **M!n!$tryCh!ik_Wr@ck!n@ut** on December 27, 2010, 10:56 AM report to moderator
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