Channel 4’s ‘The Push’ Chronicles Abusive Partner’s Deadly Act on Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh

An upcoming crime documentary on Channel 4, titled ‘The Push: Murder on Arthur’s Seat,’ is set to unveil the tragic life and death of Fawziyah Javed, who was tragically shoved from Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh by her abusive partner in September 2021.

The documentary provides exclusive access to the court proceedings and the evidence presented during the murder trial.

Details of the Crime and Guilty Verdict

The focus of the documentary is Kashif Anwar from Leeds, who was found guilty of Fawziyah’s murder after a trial at the High Court in Edinburgh.

Anwar received a life sentence in April 2023, with a minimum of 20 years to be served in prison.

The couple had embarked on a city minibreak to Edinburgh in 2021, during which Anwar took her to the hillside beauty spot where the tragic incident occurred.

Heart-Wrenching Testimony and Last Words

During the trial, it was revealed that Fawziyah, approximately 17 weeks pregnant when she died, used her last words to tell a passerby that her abusive husband had caused her fall from about 50 feet. She pleaded, “Don’t let my husband near me, he pushed me.”

In the months leading up to her tragic death, Fawziyah had reached out to the police, reporting Anwar’s abusive and controlling behavior, expressing her desire to end the marriage.

Commissioning and Impact of the Documentary

Commissioned by Channel 4’s Head of Documentaries, Alisa Pomeroy, and directed by Anna Hall, the series aims to share Fawziyah’s story with the family’s brave collaboration, highlighting the unimaginable pain they endured.

Pomeroy emphasizes the importance of shedding light on such heart-breaking cases, hoping that the documentary will empower other women facing similar situations to make life-changing decisions.

The documentary team gained unique access to Edinburgh High Court, providing a minute-by-minute account of the justice process.

Director’s Reflection and Call for Awareness

Director Anna Hall expresses the privilege of witnessing the justice process at Edinburgh High Court and working closely with Fawziyah’s grieving family.

She reflects on the alarming recurrence of films depicting women on the verge of leaving abusive relationships, a critical and dangerous period.

Despite the heartbreaking nature of these stories, Hall emphasizes the importance of learning crucial lessons that contributed to convicting the abuser.

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