Brother of Harry Potter Actress Jailed for* Beating* Her

Afshan Azad, 21, plays Padmina Patel, a schoolmate of Harry Potter’s, in the hit fantasy films.   Last May she was severely* beaten by her brother.  Her father and mother approved of* the assault.*  Only her sister-in-law tried to help her, but she was pushed away.
The reason for the assault was that Azad, who is from a Muslim family, was dating a Hindu man.  When her brother Ashraf, 28, heard her talking to her boyfriend on the phone he began punching* her, strangling* her, dragging* her around the house by the hair and cursing at* her.  He called her a prostitute and said “Marry a Muslim or you will die!”
Her father reportedly said at one point “Just kill her.”
The assault continued for 3 hours.  The next day Afshan escaped from the family home through a window and went to live in London, hiding from her family.
Afshan actually asked the judge to be lenient* with her brother and not send him to jail.  However, the judge insisted on jail time, saying “This is a sentence designed to punish* you for what you did and also to send out a clear message to others that domestic violence* involving circumstances such as have arisen here cannot be tolerated.”

For Now She Is Safe

jailed for – uvězněn za
beat – bít
severely – vážně
approve of – schválit
assault – napadení
punch – uhodit
strangle – škrtit
drag – táhnout
curse at – proklínat
lenient – shovívavý
punish – potrestat
violence – násilí
Question for discussion:
Is his sentence long enough?


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