Because she was dating a Hindu man. Islamic law forbids a Muslim woman to marry a non-Muslim man. An update on this story: “Harry Potter actress pleads with police to drop charges against father and brother who ‘threatened to kill her,'” from the Daily Mail, July 3 (thanks to Annie Oakley):
A Harry Potter actress whose father and brother are accused of threatening to kill her has pleaded with the courts to drop the charges.
Afshan Azad, 22, who has appeared in four of the blockbuster movies as Padma Patil, doesn’t want to see her family members locked up as a result of an incident at her home in Manchester.
Her father Abdul Azad, 54, and brother Ashraf Azad, 28, both of Longsight in Manchester, allegedly made a threat against Afshan’s life during a bust-up about her boyfriend.
Note that the oft-dhimmi Daily Mail doesn’t spell out what the trouble was with her boyfriend.
Ashraf Azad is also accused of assaulting his sister causing her actual bodily harm.
John Wolfson, lawyer for the accused, claimed yesterday that Miss Azad doesn’t want the case to proceed.
‘The actress has tried on three occasions to retract her statement and has pleaded with the Crown Posecution Service not to proceed with the matter,’ he said.
‘This is a desperately sad situation. She never wanted her father or brother locked up.’
The pair have already spent five weeks behind bars on remand but were bailed this week on condition they do not contact the actress at her new home in London.
As part of their bail conditions, they have also to abide by an 11pm to 6am curfew or contact an unnamed man.
Miss Azad lived with her father, mother Nilofar and her three brothers.
Speaking at the family’s semi-detached home at the time, her brother Ashraf, a customer services adviser, said: ‘We are going to get trouble from the community now. It is bad news for our safety, her safety.
‘My younger brother is going to get harassed at college. All our family is going to be harassed by the community because of this….