At least they didn’t kill her, although they threatened to do so. They must be moderates. Afshan Azad Update: “Harry Potter actress was ‘beaten and branded a prostitute by her family after dating man who was not a Muslim,'” from the Daily Mail, December 20 (thanks to Kristian):
A Harry Potter actress was beaten, called a ‘slag’ and threatened with death after she met a young man who was not a Muslim, a court heard today.
Victim Afshan Azad, 22, played Padma Patil, a classmate of the teenage wizard, in the blockbuster Hollywood films based on the children’s books by JK Rowling.
She was assaulted and branded a ‘prostitute’ after meeting a young Hindu man, a relationship which brought anger from her father, Abul Azad, 53, and brother, Ashraf, 28, Manchester Crown Court heard.
The frightened star, who has featured in four of the popular films, later fled through her bedroom window after threats were made to kill her.
But despite attempts to get her to come to court for the trial of her father and brother, Miss Azad, who is believed to be living with friends in London, would not attend voluntarily, the court was told.
Both men were charged with making threats to kill her and her brother was also charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm on his sister.
Instead of both going on trial today, the prosecution decided to accept a guilty plea of assault by her brother, and both men were formally found not guilty of making threats to kill.
Miss Azad’s character was a witch who was in the same year as Harry Potter, played by Daniel Radcliffe, at Hogwarts School Of Witchcraft And Wizardry.
She first appeared as her character, the identical twin sister of Parvati Patil, in Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire.
She also starred in Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, the final film in the saga.
Richard Vardon QC, prosecuting, told the court: ‘The incident took place on Saturday 21st of May at the home address of the family in Longsight, Manchester.
‘The prosecution allegation in essence is she was the victim of a wholly unnecessary and unpleasant assault by her brother.
‘The reason for the assault, apparently her association with a Hindu young man, that apparently being disapproved of by her family who are Muslim.
‘Specifically she spoke not only of assault but also threats to kill, made jointly by her father and brother.’
The prosecutor then gave details of the incident.
‘The father, having been awoken from his slumbers, with his son shouting: “Sort out your daughter! She’s a slag!”
‘He continued to further assault her, in disputed Bengali, shouting, “Just kill her!”…