UK Home Office help British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA) tackle hate crime.
Nissar Hussain, his wife Kubra and six children have suffered persecution over the past 16 years after converting from Islam to Christianity.
They live in Bradford but have endured a tirade of abuse and violence from local Islamists for ‘apostasy’ [changing religion] following their conversion.
This persecution has taken many forms including: Arson attack, repeated car smashings and criminal damage, physical violence, daily verbal abuse and intimidation.
In November 2015 Nissar was hospitalised following a planned, savage attack involving 3 men and pickaxe handles.
Despite all this, false counter-allegations have resulted in the couple being questioned at a police station.
One police officer told Mr Hussain to, ‘Stop being a crusader’. Police and local authorities have not give the family appropriate support and the perpetrators of the abuse have not been brought to justice.
However, The British Pakistani Christian Association have reported that their work on the persecution suffered by Nissar Hussain and his family is starting to yield an improvement.
“The false public order offence charges laid against him after we held a protest to highlight his plight have been dropped, albeit due to policing error and their failure to prosecute him within 6 months – sadly this also meant the actual thugs involved have also had their charges dropped.
It is quite astounding charges were considered against Nissar as he was on crutches, had wires in his knees and a shattered right hand.
Moreover, Nissar had been released from hospital only two days earlier after two weeks recovering from a brutal attack by two men with pick-axes outside his home.”
Nissar has explained that local Police have been more proactive since we had a meeting with Minister Karen Bradley at Home office HQ, early last month.
The local Inspector has even invited me to attend a meeting with local Councillors to discuss Nissar’s situation.
However, there is still a need for improved policing practice as Nissar has had to return to the local Police station once last week and only yesterday to face further charges that were dismissed within 10 minutes.
Clearly local police are using outdated practices that allow mob rule to continue and that uses statutory agencies such as the police to inflict further pain on victims.
We are calling for a Home Office review of hate crime towards so called ‘apostates’ and for such crime to be listed in the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006, Government Policy and Policing guidelines and hope that our suggestions delivered to Karen Bradley will be endorsed over time.”
Several weeks ago, the British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA) received letters concerning the case of Nissar Hussain from Karen Bradley MP, the Home Office Minster for Preventing Abuse, Exploitation and Crime.
The chairman of the BPCA, Wilson Chowdhry and Nissar Hussain met with Karen Bradley to discuss the situation of converts, and Nissar told her about his 16 years of persecution in Bradford for converting to Christianity from Islam.
A case was put forward for apostasy hatred to be included within the Race and Religious Hatred Act 2006, Government Policy on Hate crime and referred to within Policing guidelines.
BPCA believe that ambiguity led to West Bradfordshire police not recognizing attacks on Nissar Hussain as hate crime as other Christians were not targeted – failing to understand the animosity converts from Islam face.
Source: The British Pakistani Christian Association