A heartwarming story of a father who says he'll murder his daughter so that his son won't go to jail for beating her to death:
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.[...]
Prosecutor Richard Vardon said the motive behind the brother's "wholly unnecessary and unpleasant assault" was Afshan's "association with a Hindu man," which was apparently disapproved of by her family, who are Muslim, reported the London Times. Vardon said Abul was woken up on the day of the attack by his son, who was shouting, "Sort out your daughter! She's a slag."
He continued the beating in front of his father, said Vardon, and shouted in Bengali, "Just kill her."
Reading from the victim's 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. Then she began to feel very scared."
Based upon the comments, one might imagine that:
a) the father and son weren't convicted of a serious crime. They were and the son will probably do jail time for it.
b) President Obama is coddling Muslim criminals. One commenter goes so far as to claim that Obama would have prevented the prosectution of the father and brother if the same thing happened in this country. Aside from the fact that the president would have no say in such a matter, the notion that he would prevent prosecution of violent Muslims is ludicrous. Two years into Obama's presidency, the Guantanamo detention facility is still operating, our troops are still in Iraq and the war in Afghanastan has been stepped up. The U.S. government is pursuing radicals as aggressively as ever, even sending drones into Pakistan to kill them.
c) liberals are indifferent to violence against women. Actually, liberal women have historically been the driving political force behind the aggressive prosecution of men who commit violence against women. Claiming that liberals would be fine with what was done to the Ms. Afshan is a vile lie.
To be clear, I vigorously oppose violence against women and, for that matter, any innocent persons. I want to see violence prosecuted using the full force of the law. And for the record, I have no respect for religious fundamentalism of any stripe. Fundamentalism represents a determined effort to live in darkness.