UK Muslim apostate and his family forced to flee his home
Last year, Bradford resident Nissar Hussain, above, was hospitalised after apparently being attacked for apostasy.
Hussain, who had converted to Christianity 20 years ago, claimed in this report that local Muslim extremists escalated harrassment against him and his family after he appeared on a Channel 4 documentary about the mistreatment of Muslim converts.
The father-of-six has now been forced to flee his home under police guard and the Hussains have been relocated to a safe house.
Hussain was targeted last year by two men, armed with a pick-axe, and he suffered a smashed kneecap. He said:
My family are distraught and extremely traumatised to be leaving. But when your life is at stake there is no other choice.
He blames sections of the Islamic community.
This extreme persecution by certain people in the Muslim community because we are converts has broken us as a family.
Hussain, who was a nurse before leaving work due to post-traumatic stress disorder, says his children, aged eight to 24, and wife would never see their friends again.
A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said hate crime would not be tolerated and officers had been working with the family.
Our priority has always been to work effectively with our partners to minimise the risk to Mr Hussain and ensure that we maximise opportunities to put control measures in place to safeguard him, his family and consider any wider impact upon the communities across West Yorkshire.
We are disappointed that Mr Hussain and his family have decided to leave Bradford, particularly as police and partners have been working together for some time to try and resolve the situation to the benefit of all parties concerned.
The spokesman continued:
Police and partners would like to stress that there are a number of other people living in the Bradford district who have not experienced any issues based on their faith, conversion to another faith or choosing not to have a faith.
Under no circumstances will hate crime be tolerated.