ALBINO MUSLIM FAMILY TARGETED BECAUSE ELDEST DAUGHTER MARRIED A CHRISTIAN
An albino Muslim family in England has reported being targeted and harassed because their eldest daughter married a Christian man.
The Coventry Telegraph reported that the “honor” retribution has included smashed windows in the family’s home, their cars vandalized, hate mail and death threats against them for the past five months.
Aslam Parvez, 53, contacted the newspaper to publicly appeal for the attacks against his family to stop.
“We‘re a good family and have done nothing wrong and yet we’re being punished in the name of honor,” he told the Telegraph.
The attacks began after their daughter, Naseem, was featured in a magazine article about albinos and said she was married to a Christian, goes to church and is expecting her second child.
Even though she no longer lives in the city with her family, her father said copies of the article were distributed and posted on walls and the doors of Muslim homes throughout the community.
Parvez said he has received death threats and had to install security cameras around his house. He stopped going to mosque and is worried he may have to flee with his wife and five remaining children, ranging in age from 17 to 30, if the harassment doesn’t cease.
“We want it to stop now,” he said. “We‘re being punished for our daughter’s decision. We just want to live our lives in peace.”
Parvez, an albino, was born in Pakistan and moved to the U.K. when he was 10. He later met and married his wife, who is also an albino. Their six children all inherited albinism, characterized by a lack of pigment in the skin, hair and eyes.
Parvez said he and his family have dealt with discrimination all their lives because of their physical appearance, but these recent attacks have made everything worse.
“I’m a good religious man,” he said. “God will judge you for what you’ve done to us.”
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