Afshan Azad, Harry Potter Actress, Threatened with Death by Family for Dating Hindu

via http://www.truecrimereport.com/2010/07/afshan_azad_harry_potter_actre.php published on July 5, 2010

Afshan Azad had never acted before, but she went to the Harry Potter auditions on a lark with her friends because she thought it would be fun. She ended up in four Potter films playing the role of Padma Patil, a classmate of Harry. But her good fortune doesn’t extend to her family…

?Like most 22-year-olds, she’s not particular concerned about dating across religious lines. So she took up with a Hindu guy. This did not please her Muslim family.

Her dad and brother ordered her to stop seeing the man. She refused. That’s when police say say Afshan was beaten by her brother Ashraf, 28, at their Manchester, England home.

They also say Ashraf and the kids’ father, 54-year-old Abdul, threatened to kill her for her dating transgressions. If she won’t date a nice Muslim guy, it seems, they’d prefer to see her dead.

Both have been charged with threatening to kill Afshan, and Ashraf face additional charges of assault. They currently out on bail, but they’ve been banned from traveling to London, where Afshan is staying with friends.

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