One-year ban imposed on doctor who beat his daughter
A Muslim doctor, Gohar Rahman, above, has been banned from practising for a year following his conviction earlier this year for assaulting his 17-year-old daughter.
According to this report, he beat the teenager with a walking stick and rained punches on her head because she went to a Halloween party.
He was given a suspended 10 month sentence at Liverpool Crown Court in February for the assault.
Now a medical tribunal has banned him from practising as punishment for bringing “disrepute” to the profession.
The married father-of-three, who works as a consultant cardiologist at Wigan Infirmary in Manchester, accused his daughter of “bringing shame” to the family and branded her a “prostitute” before subjecting her to the beating.
Rahman grabbed his daughter, smashed her head against a car seat, caned her on the bottom with a walking stick and then rained punches on her head.
He had believed his daughter was going to a friend’s house and would be home by 9.30pm but was left incensed when she stayed out all night.
I can’t believe what you have done – sleeping at a boy’s house.
After the beating, he ordered the girl to take off her party dress and don Islamic clothing, before telling her to pray.
After the assault the teen managed to send out an SOS social media message and her friends alerted the police.
Margaret Dodd, chair of the tribunal at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service hearing in Manchester, said:
The tribunal considered that, in being convicted of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, you have brought the profession into disrepute.
The tribunal was of the view that public confidence in the profession would be seriously undermined if a finding of current impairment were not made in this case.
The tribunal considered this to be a serious offence, but took account of the fact that it was a single incident.
It considered that you have acknowledged your fault in entering a guilty plea at the first opportunity, and the tribunal is satisfied that this behaviour is unlikely to be repeated.
The tribunal heard that Dr Rahman, who previously worked for the UN, has completed 100 hours of unpaid work given to him as part of his sentence and has successfully reconciled with his daughter.
Work colleague Dr Ahmed Ismail, a consultant radiologist, told the hearing:
He was shattered and full of regret. He admitted it was the biggest regret of his life. He is such a calm and quiet person. I have known him for over 10 years.
I believe it is a big lesson that he did learn. I believe he would never do such a silly thing again.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn