LONDON -- The brother of a British Muslim actress who starred in the Harry Potter films pleaded guilty to assaulting his sister, after beating her, forcing her to flee her family home and calling her a "slag" for dating a Hindu man.
Afshan Azad, who played Hogwarts student Padma Patil in four of the movies, refused to testify Monday against her 28-year-old brother, Ashraf, 28, and her 54-year-old father, Abul. Both were found not guilty of threatening to kill her.
During the May 21 row at the family's home in Manchester, England, the 22-year-old actress' father allegedly shouted that he would murder the young actress. Scared for her life, she escaped out of her bedroom window and ran to the police, the Manchester Evening News reported.
Does it concern you that honor attacks/killings are becoming more common in Westernized countries?Answer Question
Answer by itsmesteph11 at 4:36 PM on Dec. 21, 2010
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Answer by pixie_trix at 5:12 PM on Dec. 21, 2010
Let me be clear. I am not saying this type of incident is OK, or acceptable or even justifiable. Simply stating that this type of act in and of itself is nothing new in the West
I agree that it isn't new here in the West, it's just now started to get noticed and reported by the media, which I think is a good thing. The more public these honor killings/beatings become, the harder it'll be to keep them quiet.
Answer by KelleyP77 at 5:13 PM on Dec. 21, 2010
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