22 August, 2014 / Shawwal 25, 1435
Ilyas Ashar. — Photo courtesy: PA
Ilyas Ashar. — Photo courtesy: PA

LONDON: A British citizen of Pakistani origin has been found guilty of trafficking a young girl into the UK, enforcing her into slavery and repeatedly raping her for over a decade, British media reported.

Ilyas Ashar, 84 and wife Tallat Ashar, 68, brought a young deaf and mute girl, aged 10, from Pakistan in 2000 and kept her at their home in Eccles, Salford, as a domestic slave.

A Manchester court on Wednesday heard that the girl trafficked from Pakistan was repeatedly violated by Ashar while compelled to work in slavery.

Ilyas was found guilty of 13 counts of rape against the girl who is now in her 20s. According to earlier reports, the girl described how she was allegedly hit with a rolling pin while forced to work for no money, made to sleep on a concrete floor in a bolted cellar and sexually abused.

When prosecutors had shown her a picture of Ilyas Ashar, she said: “He’s the one who has sex with me.”

The victim had moreover said that Ashar’s wife would repeatedly strike her, sometimes when she made too much noise by setting dishes on the table.

Ashar and his wife also used the girl’s details to steal more than £30,000 in benefits and set up several bank accounts in her name.

When details of the atrocities against the girl were read out, two female jurors started weeping. The judge, who was hearing the case, warned Ashar to expect a “substantial prison sentence”.

The victim was discovered when trading standard officers came to the couple’s residence to investigate allegations of illegal activities in 2009. The details of her ordeal surfaced after she was taught sign language by the couple to obtain benefits in her name, which enabled police to ask her questions.

During an earlier trial, Ashar had been convicted of two counts of illegally trafficking a person into Britain for exploitation, two counts of fabricating false information to claim a benefit and one of permitting furnishing of false information to claim a benefit.

Tallat Ashar and the couple’s daughter were also convicted in the trial of furnishing information to claim benefits.

However, the jury was unable to reach a verdict on allegations of rape against Ilyas Ashar due to which a retrial was ordered, which was the subject of reporting restrictions until yesterday’s convictions.

Ilyas Ashar was described as “pure evil” by the police, having lured and violated a defenceless victim who had no means of communicating with her family.

Ilyas and his wife will be sentenced on October 23 at Manchester Crown Court.

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umm esa
Oct 17, 2013 07:04pm

this guy needs to be stoned to death. stoned by his victim and every woman like her. A devil in human disguise.

Oct 17, 2013 07:13pm

This happens in Pakistan all the time. They forgot for a while that they were no longer in Pakistan. Good for English justice system for not tolerating this. I hope they spend the rest of their lives behind bars.

Oct 17, 2013 07:18pm

The heading reads "Man convicted of "enslaving and raping" trafficked Pakistani girl. Later in article it says, "However, the jury was unable to reach a verdict on allegations of rape against Ilyas Ashar due to which a retrial was ordered". If no verdict was reached on rape, then why the misleading heading. It is quite possible that the couple are guilty of heinous crimes, but one also wonders to what extent is this being exaggerated.

Oct 17, 2013 07:42pm

wow!! well Mr. ilyas will have a lot of time to think about his deeds in an empty cell.

Oct 17, 2013 07:44pm

very shameful, why does a man become so evil?

Oct 17, 2013 07:43pm

This Mr.Ilyas is neither the first nor the last person to bring a bad name to his country.We have been hearing of irresponsible behavior,committed by people from Pakistan,since after WW2 when a mass exodus of labor class started migrating to European countries,in search of a variety of jobs.The real sad part of the 'story' is that no government during all these years took any sort of action against such culprits,though all their misdeeds of various kinds were well known since the very beginning.At least now the government should take some action to discourage any other miscreants

Oct 17, 2013 07:48pm

That person is 84 years old now. 10 years ago he is 74 years and that is also quite old for sexual encounters. Not that I am an expert. May be this fellow is a 'super man' but on the other side. My sympathies to deaf and mute girl. The only good thing from all this ordeal is they atleast taught her the sign language. I hope she gets enough compensation to live the rest of life in peace.

wajahat hussain
Oct 17, 2013 07:54pm

If there is any provision of capital punishment for such evil offenders in the county's law , I pray to Allah and plead with the jurors to sentence them to death .They have brought disgrace and discredit to humanity .I expect an example setting judgment from the side of the panel of judges.

Saif Aly
Oct 17, 2013 07:58pm

Dear Mr. Dawn Editor,

First, thanks for reporting these kinds of stories of crimes against women - Pakistani or otherwise.

Secondly, this story highlights why women in this world have been suffering at the hands of men - Pakistani or otherwise.

Thirdly, this story is no different than what Pakistani (and or other) men are and/or have been doing in Pakistan or England by ensalving women in prostitution and slavery. Beating them up if they refuse to comply with their demand. Being weak physically, women are helpless and so need men's help to overcome evil men from doing these kinds of things to them.

The Dec. 26, 2012 story of New Delhi rape and mutilation of helpless girl at the hands of evil men epitomizes such horrific crimes agaisnt women around the world.

Your esteemed newpaper reported just the other day that a Singapore-based Pakistani model - Fehmina Chaudry - was raped and then killed by a Pakistani real-estate agent in Islamabad - is there any justice in doing these kinds of evil acts against women be it Pakistani or otherwise?

When the Taliban gunned down Malala Yousufzai in a school bus just because she asked to be educated just like any other Pakistani - men or women - and had raised her voice for women, it was a dark day for Muslims and Islam around the world.

I urge your Pakistani men readers to read Islamic history and to check out for themselves as to how the Prophet had encouraged women during his time to aspire for education.

How can Muslim men after his demise 1500 years later turn against Muslim women? After all it's thorugh a Muslim mother that her child acquires all his or her initial Talim - correct? So then why subjugate your own mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts?

I rest my case.

Best Regards, Saif Aly

Oct 17, 2013 07:59pm

Canadian stats show that over 1/2 of Muslims families here have domestic violence (wife beating).

Muslim women here are virtual slaves since they do not work and are totally dependent on their husbands who make sure that they do not integrate with the society.

Oct 17, 2013 08:01pm

evil evil evil

Ajaz Hussain
Oct 17, 2013 08:11pm

He should be killed!

Oct 17, 2013 08:11pm

This is police story, Illyas and his family's side story is totally missing. This is usually the case in western media and in their courts. Not that I condone what that guy did. He should be severaly punished if found guilty.

iOS Microsoft
Oct 17, 2013 08:25pm

This man should be put in solitary confinement in a dingy, dark cell with enough to eat so that he lives long and suffers acutely. It would be perfect if he is never allowed out of the cell, even for a shower.

Oct 17, 2013 08:53pm

lowest of the low. pieces of excrement. hope they rot in the rest of this miserable life and the next. hope they get repeatedly sodomized in prison.

Oct 17, 2013 08:54pm

Must be one of the feudal landlords emigrated to Britain, but couldn't change his ways of exploiting the poor & enslaving them.

Oct 17, 2013 08:59pm

Aur inki darhi tou dekho. Great.

Oct 17, 2013 09:25pm

What a shame he brought to our beloved country Pakistan . Budhay Ko Allah Allah Karney Ki Bajey Ultay Kaam Sujhay Huye Hain. Shame on them .

Imran Ahmed
Oct 17, 2013 10:24pm

What did the defence offer in mitigation?

It is heartening to see that law and State still sometimes work together to protect the weak in some societies. Unfortunately in our Islamic Republic a deaf and mute destitute illegally in our country would receive very short shrift. The state would never even start to prosecute her tormentors without a complainant and our pious justice system would never lift a little finger to protect her.

A Brit
Oct 17, 2013 10:23pm

Why is your newspaper so specific on pre-fixing the accused with the word "Briton" when it is obvious who he is in reality. His appearance is a tell-tale index of his birth, mentality, and lifestyle. These people only belong to hell, and should be described as devils incarnate only.

Syed Ahmed
Oct 17, 2013 10:36pm

The characterless person should be deported to Pakistan where he may be tried under Hood Laws and given severe punishment. Rest assured he will be tried and severly punished since he does not belong to Pakistani elite class nor a feudal.

Saima Khan
Oct 17, 2013 10:58pm

Please investigate before blow the vessel.

I doubted for sexual abuse specially if his wife aware of it. Other part may be correct because we Pakistani do abuse weak, poor and young people in Pakistan on daily basis, very common practice.

In west to have a car driver is consider normal practice for general people. They think may be person is disable or do not know driving. World richest person Bill Gates drives his own sports car.

Oct 17, 2013 11:22pm

He is a monster! and so is his senseless inhuman brutal family. A quick question comes to mind, does'nt he deserve capital punishment for his heinous acts? There is a reason why only capital punishment can do justice for some some inhuman crimes.

Asif Razzak
Oct 17, 2013 11:19pm

Can't belive a 74 years (now of 84)old man can perform sexually, all other allegatons may be correct, Shamefull act.

IKE Khan
Oct 17, 2013 11:21pm

She should be imprisoned for life without any possibility of parole.

Oct 17, 2013 11:28pm

I say your headline of... "Briton convicted of... Pakistani girl" is unethical and mischievous ,because, at first glance, it hints that the criminal is a White Briton,until we see his picture and then the names . That Briton is Pakistani-Briton! This is how you inflame hate and violent passions ! At any rate, this is unspeakably inhumane! *I don't expect you will publish this post--because you censor me for my forthrightness.

Oct 17, 2013 11:47pm

What a Monster! Hope he rots in hell! I wonder how he would feel if the same sexual violation happened to his own daughter on a regular basis?

sattar rind
Oct 17, 2013 11:54pm

No word supports to say anything for this cruality by a man who himself is Father.

Kammi Kameen
Oct 17, 2013 11:55pm

This cannot be! This is a western conspiracy to sully the name of good Muslims!

Oct 18, 2013 12:00am

Hopefully his beard is a statement of fashion and not one of hypocrisy.

Sir Kazm
Oct 18, 2013 12:24am

"Briton".... thanks for the accurate headline.

Oct 18, 2013 02:31am

What a wonderful muslim. I presume he did pray five times a day. Liek the fact that that this atrocity was a family affair. As Sharia law states " an eye for an eye", we should have someone do teh same to his daughter

Oct 18, 2013 02:34am

hang them

Oct 18, 2013 02:42am

These are the Pakistanis (Muslims) in Britain who give a bad name to the rest of us. This person needs to be put away for life.

Oct 18, 2013 03:30am

Absolutely sickening - to see someone so evil! I don't think there is any punishment that could fit the crime. Death penalty will be too easy - and to let him live would not serve justice, because our society would not find it humane to punish him the way he deserves to be punished. I can only wish nature takes it's course and he truly gets what he deserves.

Oct 18, 2013 03:35am

Its a utter shame, and people like him don't deserve to live on this planet.what a disgrace to humanity.

Abdul Malik
Oct 18, 2013 03:58am

I would hang this beast and his wife. Such barbarians MUST be given the maximum punishment permitted under the British Law.

S. A. M.
Oct 18, 2013 03:57am

Even in the ripe age of 84 he is ruining the life of a young helpless child. He and his family deserve the severest punishment.

Oct 18, 2013 04:05am

I hope he goes away for a long time.

Oct 18, 2013 04:50am

I am wondering why he did not learn any thing from his religion?

Oct 18, 2013 05:04am

My heart weeps for the girl and countless others who are currently experiencing the same trauma, hoping for help from the outside world.

S. Khan
Oct 18, 2013 05:34am

Such a sad news. I hope these two criminals rot in jail for the rest of their life and then in hell for eternity for destroying the childhood of an innocent girl who cannot even hear or talk. I am glad that they were finally caught and will be punished. May their punishment be a lesson for others who are treating our daughters, sisters and mothers like this. May god give us the courage and wisdom to treat others with love and respect.

Zafar Abbas
Oct 18, 2013 06:00am

Worse than an animal and must be punished to limits. His wife and daughter deserve no libeancy either as they are equal partner in this unforgivable crime.

Oct 18, 2013 06:17am

Most of the Pakistani men are perverts. In Pakistan or out of Pakistan

Shahid Khan
Oct 18, 2013 06:45am

Speechless. Hope he rots in jail for the rest of his life.

Oct 18, 2013 07:56am


Karachi Bhai
Oct 18, 2013 08:04am

Pathetic but not surprising, disappointing but not unexpected. If victim is Pakistani then why cant this couple (Ashara) be charged in Pakistan as well. Let courts give this couple the Strictest exemplary punishment. Women populace of this country deserve some consolation. Other wise they will lose their life-battle due to this extreme depression and this feeling of helplessness.

Amjad Wyne
Oct 18, 2013 08:27am

He should be hanged

Syed Ali
Oct 18, 2013 08:58am

What a sad & disgusting story to read! As the saying goes a wolf in sheep's clothing; this guy is a devil in a human body. I would hope & urge the court to give a maximum & exemplary punishment to him, his wife & daughter, if their guilt was also established. These are the kind of people who bring not only a bad name but shame to their country & religion. They should never be allowed to see freedom, as long as they live. They should be made to pay every single penny that they stole from the government, using the poor girl; and a lot more as fines. I hope all their assets, if any, can be confiscated. and deposited in some kind of a Fund for the poor girl.

S. Israr Ali
Oct 18, 2013 09:08am

For these types of people caught in commission of hateful crime of committing repeated rapes in this age aided and abetted by his wife too a woman with a handicap poor destitute girl of tender age coupled with fact of committing all other excesses and atrocities even drawing monetary benefits falsely and fraudulently in the name of victim herself, the Islamic mode of divine punishment of STONING TO DEATH are the most human, appropriate and judicious punishment satisfying the ire and conscience of humanity and provide all justification given the severeness of nature of crime and thus its divinity is well understood. It is also amazing that during all these long years, where had gone the neighbors and locality people who failed to act to apprehend and rescue poor girl from these beasts living among them.

Urooj Saifi
Oct 18, 2013 10:10am

Death Sentence I hope

Tariq Mahmood
Oct 18, 2013 10:05am

I cannot believe it really. This is too animalish and too atrocious to be real. These two animals (Mr and Mrs Ashar) should be tortured - a simple prison sentence is not enough to quell the fury of the readers.

Oct 18, 2013 10:52am

"However, the jury was unable to reach a verdict on allegations of rape against Ilyas Ashar"

I have no sympathy for this person and by all means he should be sentenced to severe punishment when proven guilty and my full sympathy is with the victim and wish her all the best in her future life. Good journalism demands that you do not publish a picture of the person alleged of the crime which is still under litigation and not yet sentenced to any FINAL punishment by the jury/judge presiding the case.

Oct 18, 2013 11:09am

Second thoughts: Where as all the pictures and TV footage of alleged criminals held by police in various Pakistani cities are always published in press and transmitted on air with covered faces ( facial cover provided by police, just to show that they have nabbed some one for a certain crime, which most of the time are druggists and beggars from streets and released after photo shoot) why publish full face photo of the alleged criminal in this case before a final verdict and award of punishment by the presiding judge. Again no sympathy for the alleged criminal and my full sympathy for the victim girl.

Oct 18, 2013 11:54am

He shouldn't be spared and the helpless girl should be provided complete protection and help.

Ash Mirza
Oct 18, 2013 12:34pm

It was going on for more than 10 years, and UK govt just found out?? i am very sad. Ilyas Ashar and his wife should be given maximum punishment. If possible life in prison. Let them die in JAIL. Today i read an article in CNN. " More than 50% poor slaves live in Pakistan and India. I hope world take an action and free the slaves around the world. Sincerely, Ash Mirza (USA)

Oct 18, 2013 12:35pm

@NHK: The jury was unable to reach a verdict on the allegations of rape against Ilyas Ashar in the earlier trial where he, his wife and daughter were convicted for claiming fraudulent benefits in the girl's name, which is why a retrial was ordered. Ashar was convicted for raping the girl on October 16. I hope this helps to clear your confusion.

Rashid Sultan
Oct 18, 2013 01:04pm

This scum ball is no more British than Nawaz Sharif is Chinese. A piece of paper does not change your culture, heritage, mind set or inherited and socialised behaviour.

Oct 18, 2013 01:18pm

@NHK: I think you should read the article again. This was the verdict of the retrial.

imran bhatt
Oct 18, 2013 02:01pm

The daughter of this Haji sahib was also fined and punished for benefit fraud in the past and they all did this while praying five times a day.

Oct 18, 2013 02:31pm

I think he should be made an example of : worst punishment possible please !

Sayeed Altaf Hussein
Oct 18, 2013 02:40pm

I suppose with a beard like that he must have been considered as a pillar of the community. I some time wish Britain had capital punishment. creatures like him do not deserve to be part of the community. Sending him and likes of him will only be burden on the tax payers.

Oct 18, 2013 02:43pm

Thank you Dawn for showing us what Iblees looks like !

Oct 18, 2013 02:45pm


Oct 18, 2013 02:58pm

@saeed: yes you obviously have the other side of the story i mean no muslim or pakistani could do this therefore it must be untrue

ali arif
Oct 18, 2013 03:27pm

Slavery with physical and sexual torture is a global phenomenon so plese dont tag it with Pakistan only...though it is more visible in postcolonial and poor countries...It is not gender specific even...Look around you and you are most likely to witness slaves all around whether physical or economic or sexual slaves...Problem is that we look at diffrent grisly incidents separately and just on the surface.Dont you take the girls stripteasing to earn in the great democracies as sex slaves...And what about the girls -even boys-married without their concent.

Farooq Jawed
Oct 18, 2013 03:30pm

After reading this article, this quote seems appropriate:

“The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.”

These folks got caught because of their greed. They taught her sign language to cheat the Govt. so they could get more social benefits. Instead, in the process the victim was able to testify against the perpetrators, and now the evil doers and MF will be guest of her Royal Highness's Crow Bar Hotel for a long time.

Oct 18, 2013 04:05pm


You may not like it, but number of muslim prisoners in every non-muslim countries in Europe and North America has very high number of muslim prisoners.

Oct 18, 2013 04:23pm

@NHK: Read the article again. If you cannot multitask, then don't.

Gerry D'Cunha
Oct 18, 2013 05:29pm

another feather added to the muslim communities in britain

Oct 18, 2013 06:54pm

@saeed: Here is his story

"Sir, I am from Pakistan. She is poor deaf mute girl and I took pity on her and brought her from Pakistan so that she can have a decent life in a decent home in London Pakistan, Sir, as you must know has no electricity or water or toilet facilities. I gave her every day some food (which she never had in Pakistan) and made sure had some light and some water. She was 10 sir. And as such as per our religion is old enough to give consent. I never raped her sir. Just before I had sex with her I married her and divorced her immediately afterwards as is allowed by my religion. Me nor my wife never hit her Sir, once in a while, while making rotis (which she also ate) the rolling pin accidentally used fall on her, Sir."

Oct 18, 2013 08:42pm

@arif: What is your point?

Oct 18, 2013 09:38pm

@AbbasToronto: i dont belive it, no muslim can do such a thing, i am sure its a conspiracy against muslim, and pakistani in particular

islam teaches peace ,

its a western conspiracy

Oct 18, 2013 09:49pm

@NHK: I know the story is confusing. But if you read it carefully you would have noticed this news is about the retrial in which the man was convicted of rape. In the earlier trial the jury did not convict him of rape but he was convicted of other offences. A retrial was ordered for rape and now he was convicted of that. That is the reason we did not hear of this case until now. Good old British justice.

Muhammad siddique
Oct 18, 2013 11:51pm

I think the court should show no consideration for this devil's age if found guilty.

Oct 19, 2013 12:46am

@EMJ: Nonsense. You are out of mind. eye for eye is irrelevant in this horrific incident.

Ayesha Khan
Oct 19, 2013 03:01am

It takes all kinds to make this world, however this is an extremely tragic case. We as Pakistani's feel highly ashamed that a news has appeared in the world headlines about a Pakistani Family. The jury was unable to reach a verdict regarding the allegations of rape on the convicted. I do realize the situation of the jury, as the man in his mid eighties is unable to properly lift a glass of water --leave alone anything else. But the devil must get his due .

Oct 19, 2013 07:08am

Although at the up front this news looks and sounds horrible. However, common sense should prevail - the man is 84, at the time the girl entered UK the man would have been 74, I dont know any 74 year old muslim or non-muslim who would either be interesterd let alone capable of comitting such acts, it is physically Impossible.

Seconldy how can a 10 year old get a british visa on a passport of a 19 year old and then escape 3 different immigration checks one of them being the immigration check at Heathrow. Any Pakistani who has had the opportunity to travel to UK would know that going through immigration checks at British airports for Pakistanis is equivalent to hell.

Thirdly has anyone contacted her parents to see what the true story is? Was she really "trafficked"? I read somewhere that the girl made 3 trips to Pakistan since her move to UK, so not only did she get through immigration multiple times she did not inform anyone including her parents about the torment? No alarm bells rang at any point.

It not uncommon for the British judicial system and media to target ethnic minorities, they have done so inthe past and gotten caught and they continue to do so, albiet not as much. Also, it is not uncommon for house maids and workers to take revenge on their emplyers out of personal vendetta or vested interest. In Pakistan it is in form of murder and robbery. Food for thought!

Oct 19, 2013 08:14am

@Laeeq: He did

Dr. M. Khurram
Oct 19, 2013 05:21pm

A true living EVIL! Needs a maximum punishment.

Oct 19, 2013 05:49pm

@ali arif: Let's make it easy for you. Both cause sufferings and true there are different types. Which one you think is more painful? A girl married against her will and living a relatively sad and miserable life? Or the girl who is the subject of this news item? Get real! Decision-making and commenting will be easy if you think of yourself in her position.

Oct 20, 2013 12:02am

@AbbasToronto: Don't be so rude and uncaring. No matter what they are Muslims and you have no right to call them animal.

Oct 20, 2013 03:02am

@Syed Ahmed: Four male witnesses?

Oct 20, 2013 05:53am

I believe this article is mere an exaggeration. Probably with an intention to damage the image of Asian community living in the uk. Infact the girl who I believe might be a maid belong to a family in her home country , where she was living even in much painful condition, so she mixing all the past with this mans poor treatment. Not only this man , but most of immigrants even native s falsify things to get extra benefits , only he is caught. I m sure this old man never raped the girl however he might have treated strictly as traditional servant.the girl is taking revenge by telling stories. Severants in any country don't live in palaces excepts queens servant.old aged people are mentally not stable and those servant who take care of them should be healthy not physically challenged like this girl who just blame these miserable old man. Pity on journalism and justice which don't analyse all the aspects before giving stories and verdicts and destroy elderly respect from society.

Oct 20, 2013 06:33am

This may be true. But it is hard to believe a man 84 years rape a girl.

Common on guys - How can that happen? 84 years old man to my understanding doesn't have desires like this. This can't be true.

Now, I am in doubt about the whole thing. If someone can make up one thing they can also others. Benefits and beating may be there because of greed. And this has surfaced in alot of cases in US and Canada also, some of them white people.

Ash Mirza
Oct 20, 2013 10:06am

@Syed Ali: I agree 100% ... You are right. Sincerely, Ash Mirza (USA) ashwmirza@yahoo.com

Oct 20, 2013 02:21pm

It is shocking to see such cases in UK??? whatever the nationality but this happened in UK...

There was another case where a German girl was kidnapped and kept as a slave in germany for 18 years where she was forced to work as an OX on the farm. literally the german couple would keep her locked up feed her like animals and when they needed her they would tie a rope around her so she may not escape. and she live like this for 18 years.

Oct 20, 2013 02:32pm

@imran bhatt:

For most muslims in UK, praying is a way to disguise their crime. They lie to their teeth to get free benefits. One third of all taxi drivers in UK are muslim as they do not have to declare their income and get free benefits as well.

But they eat halal meat and pray five times. They are miles away from any honesty in their lives.

Oct 20, 2013 07:37pm

@saeed: sorry saeed they are guilty as charged sum the pair of them.

Oct 21, 2013 10:31am

I'm a man and this report made my heart cry. This is indescribable brutality. The girls we should love, nurture and care are repeatedly broken down emotionally and physically by us. What is wrong with humanity, and in particular, what is wrong with the people of the subcontinent?

Islam teaches respect for women, Hindu traditions tell us to see women as Goddesses, and yet this? In the age when a girl should have a smile on her lips and dreams in her eyes, when she should have been loved like a daughter, this girl has been through hell and survived.

I refuse to call her a victim. She is a valiant heroine despite the betrayals and her handicaps. Blessings, prayers and dua for her. May she never see a single bad day in her life again.

Kudos to Dawn for bringing to light these stories from Pakistan, India and elsewhere.

Oct 21, 2013 02:55pm

Why do pakistanis believe everything that is thrust upon them by the Media???