Thursday, November 03, 2016
Muslim heart doctor, 57, who beat his daughter and branded her a prostitute after she disobeyed him and went to a Halloween party is banned from practice for a year
He deserves more than that
A top heart doctor who gave his teenage daughter a beating and labelled her a 'prostitute' after she went to a Halloween party has been banned from medicine for 12 months.
Dr Gohar Rahman, 57, grabbed the youngster by the hair, caned her on the bottom with his walking stick and then rained down punches on her head after he accused her of 'bringing shame' on their family.
The daughter, then 17, had earlier gone to the party after falsely telling her father she would be home from a friend's house by 9.30pm.
She also went for a night out in her hometown before sleeping over at the home of a male friend.
But her defiance enraged married father-of-three Rahman, a consultant cardiologist at Wigan Infirmary, who set about his daughter when he and his wife, also a doctor, went to collect her the following morning.
As his wife looked on, Rahman shouted 'I can't believe what you have done - sleeping at a boy's house' and said he no longer 'recognised' her as his daughter.
During the assault back home she was was ordered to take off her party dress and put on traditional clothing instead before being ordered to pray.
Police were called in after the daughter sent out a SOS message on social media using a Nintendo DS.
Doctors discovered she had bruising to her forehead, lower back left shoulder and left side and three parallel lines on her buttocks where he had hit her with the stick. A clump of her hair fell out when she was being examined.
The girl - who is now 18 - later described her father as 'looking like a monster' and described the beating as 'awful'.
She said her studies had been disrupted as she struggled to sleep and was receiving counselling.
Earlier this year Rahman - who formerly worked with the United Nations - was given a suspended jail term after he admitted assaulting his daughter.
Today a tribunal panel decided that he would not be struck off because he had shown 'significant remorse' but he must serve a 12-month suspension.
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.
'It took account of the nature and circumstances of the assault and the details of your suspended custodial sentence.
'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.
'It has taken particular account of the fact that you have paid all the relevant costs resulting from your sentencing, and that you have completed the directed activities and unpaid work.'
The hearing had previously heard evidence that the incident occurred after Rahman's daughter - who was referred to only as 'A' in the hearing - left the family home in Standish on October 31 last year to go out for the evening with a college friend.
Noel Casey, lawyer for the GMC, told the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service: 'She wanted to go to a Halloween party that night but she knew her parents wouldn't let her go.
'So told them she was going to a friend's house and said she would come back at 9.30pm.
'She admitted that she had no intention to be back at 9.30pm and intended to stay out all night.
'She went to a friend's house to get ready for the party but what followed was a set of phone calls from one set of parents to A's parents. She recalls them telling her that it is time to return home.
'Initially she spoke to her mother but she then recalls her father shouting at her telling her to come home.
'She refused to give the address of the party and he told her he wanted her to come home to teach her a lesson.
'She said she would get a lift home later that evening at around 11 to 11.30pm and continued to the party.
'She then was going on a night out in the town of Wigan. She met a friend there and returned to that friend's house, it was a male friend where she stayed the night.'
He added: 'A woke up at 11am having received numerous messages that her parents were looking for her. 'A taxi was organised to collect her from another friend's house to arrive at 11.30am on 1 November.
'She saw her parents walking toward the taxi and they took her to their car. Her father was driving and her mother was in the front passenger seat with her in the rear passenger seat.
'Dr Rahman leaned back in the car and grabbed her long hair and banged her head on the back of the passenger seat two or three times.
'At the time of banging her head on the back of the seat her father called her a prostitute and said: 'I can't believe what you have done - sleeping at a boy's house.
'Her mother was making calls during the journey home and on arrival, A said her father grabbed her by her hair began dragging her into the living room.
'She was saying say sorry to her dad to make it stop. A's father threw her on the floor and kicked her while she was on the floor.'
Mr Casey added: 'He told her to get up, so she did but he dragged her up from the floor by her hair. He was slapping and kicking her back and arms so she fell to the floor again.
'She remembers being hit with a shoe and was assaulted to her arms back and bottom.
'During this he was saying to her that he did not recognise her as a daughter, she was bringing shame on the family and again that she was a prostitute.
'She was wearing a dress from the night before and he wanted her to cover up more and he could not stand to look at her.
'A's mother brought traditional clothes which she changed into. He told her he didn't want to see her face anymore and sent her to her room.
'He asked for her mobile phone which she said she thought has slipped out of her pocket in the living room.
'Shortly afterwards Dr Rahman came into her room, he had her mobile phone and wanted the code for it.
'She refused to tell him and he became angry and kept asking her for the code. He then hit her and she fell back onto the bed and he told her to get up. 'He picked up a walking stick and hit her with it each time she refused to give the phone passcode.
'A said he was looking around for something else to use and mentioned a curling iron - but it would not detach from the wall.
'He also said that he would smash her teeth in before hitting her on her arms back and backslide. 'She describes this continuing for 10 minutes while her mother was in her own bedroom opposite. Dr Rahman then asked A to pray which she did.
'She was able to use a Nintendo DS to contact friends, who then alerted the police. A was removed from the address that day.'
Rahman appeared at Liverpool Crown Court in February where he was given a 10 months suspended sentence and was ordered to complete 100 hours' unpaid work after he admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He is currently suspended by the Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Foundation NHS Trust - but remains on the payroll.
Rahman graduated from Khyber Medical University, a worldwide renowned medical institute in Pakistan; obtained field experience with the United Nations and then a tertiary Teaching Centre in Pakistan before moving to the UK in 1998.
Bring back the death penalty for paedophiles but only if their victims are under 13, says Ukip leadership candidate
A Ukip leadership candidate said he supports bringing back the death penalty for paedophiles - but only if their victims are under 13.
John Rees-Evans, one of four candidates in the race to replace Nigel Farage as Ukip leader, said his definition of a paedophile only applied to those attracted to 'pre-pubescent' children.
Asked if all proven paedophiles should be subject to the death penalty, he said 'yes,' but immediately issued a remarkable caveat.
He said: ‘With paedophile, I wouldn’t necessarily say someone who [is sexually attracted to a child who] looked 18 and was 15 and a half.'
In a Ukip leadership debate with his three fellow candidates on LBC Radio tonight, he added: ‘Obviously it depends on what you define as a paedophile. In some countries it is legal to get married much younger.’
It is the latest remark by Mr Rees-Evans to cause controversy. Since entering the Ukip leadership race last month he has had to face questions over his bizarre claim that a gay donkey raped his horse.
He made the claim while campaigning as a parliamentary candidate in 2014 but dismissed the comment last week as 'playful banter'.
He also faced questions over reports he took a handgun into an Ikea store in Bulgaria 'in case terrorists laid siege to the building'.
His latest comments on paedophilia are likely to cause further outrage.
Mr Rees-Evans said he supported the death penalty for child killers and child sex offenders but insisted on giving his own definition for paedophilia, describing it as 'someone who is pre-pubescent'
'I would have the death penalty for somebody [who is sexually attracted to a child] who is evidently pre-pubescent.'
Asked by leadership rival Suzanne Evans if 13-year-olds were 'fair game,' Mr Rees-Evans replied: ‘They’re fair game for the current punishment that we dish out to people right now, yeah.’
Paul Nuttall, the Ukip leadership front-runner, said he fully supports bringing back capital punishment for certain crimes, such as child killers.
But Ms Evans, his closest rival in the race, said she was 'vehemently opposed' to the death penalty.
Is the Pope the only church leader who can still read his Bible?
Pope Francis has said he believes the Roman Catholic Church's ban on women becoming priests will be in place forever, in some of his most definitive remarks on the issue.
He was speaking aboard a plane taking him back to Rome from Sweden, in the freewheeling news conference with reporters that has become a tradition of his return flights from trips abroad.
A Swedish female reporter noted that the head of the Lutheran Church who welcomed him in Sweden was a woman, and then asked if he thought the Catholic Church could allow women to be ordained as ministers in coming decades.
'St. Pope John Paul II had the last clear word on this and it stands, this stands,' Francis said.
Francis was referring to a 1994 document by Pope John Paul that closed the door on a female priesthood. The Vatican says this teaching is an infallible part of Catholic tradition.
The reporter then pressed the pope, asking: 'But forever, forever? Never, never?'
Francis responded: 'If we read carefully the declaration by St. John Paul II, it is going in that direction.'
Francis has previously said that the door to women's ordination is closed, but proponents of a female priesthood are hoping that a future pope might overturn the decision, particularly because of the shortage of priests around the world.
A 1994 document by Pope John Paul II closed the door to women being allowed to become Catholic priests
The Catholic Church teaches that women cannot be ordained priests because Jesus willingly chose only men as his apostles. Those calling for women priests say he was only following the norms of his time.
In August, Francis set up a commission to study the role of women deacons in early Christianity, raising hopes among equality campaigners that women could one day have a greater say in the 1.2 billion-member Church.
Deacons, like priests, are ordained ministers and must be men. They cannot celebrate Mass, the Catholic Church's central rite, but they are allowed to preach and teach in the name of the Church, and to baptise and conduct wake and funeral services.
The Church barred women from becoming deacons centuries ago.
Scholars debate the precise role of women deacons in the early Church. Some say they were ordained to minister only to other women, for instance in baptismal immersion rites. Others believe they were on a par with male deacons.
Flood of outrage over 'sexist' plan for men-only office space - but the founders claim it will 'stop men hitting their wives'
But "safe spaces" for women are fine, of course
A pair of entrepreneurs planning to launch Australia's first male-only co-working space have been blasted on social media and branded 'sexist.'
Nomadic Thinkers is a Brisbane membership club set to open doors in January with a gym, café, barber for physio for men.
The founders, Samuel Monaghan and Matthew Mercer, claim the space will help tackle the issue of domestic violence as well as depression among men.
But social media users have taken the business model to task and accused the creators of perpetuating damaging sexist values.
Samuel Monaghan and Matthew Mercer believe their men-only Nomadic Thinkers space will help tackle the issue of domestic violence
Samuel Monaghan and Matthew Mercer believe their men-only Nomadic Thinkers space will help tackle the issue of domestic violence
When asked his inspiration for the plan, co-founder Samuel Monaghan told Junkee they both had a friend in a violent relationship.
'We both had a mate who ended up in a violent situation with his wife. He pushed his wife over.'
He said Nomadic Thinkers would help curb the problem by giving men suffering from depression a place to let off steam.
'Depression and suicide result from a lack of social support and community. Having a space where they [men] can be men is more of a preventative measure. Healthy, happy men don't hit their wives.'
Women could access the café and meeting room, but would be banished from the working space and knocked back if they applied for membership.
The startup reportedly has the backing of six investors, and they are listing a number of membership packages online including 'The Bear Grylls' and the 'The Musk Have'.
Mr Monaghan said men have been robbed of their identity in present society, where women have 'tea parties' to embrace their gender.
'In other cultures you go out and hunt in a forest for three days. We just hit 15 and start drinking. There's a real loss of identity for men. We used to go to war together. Girls do it better naturally, they have tea parties and stuff.'
Brisbane startup network, Little Tokyo Two, were said to be backing the idea, however a spokesperson denied any involvement to Daily Mail Australia. 'Little Tokyo Two has no alignment with any single sex or single industry spaces.'
A spokesperson from Nomadic Thinkers told Daily Mail Australia they apologised their message has been misunderstood.
'We believe that our space that combines mental, physical and social stimulation will be a catalyst for impact amongst the men of our community. Impact that is not reactive but also preventative.' 'We simply want to play a part in fixing a serious issue.'
Political correctness is most pervasive in universities and colleges but I rarely report the incidents concerned here as I have a separate blog for educational matters.
American "liberals" often deny being Leftists and say that they are very different from the Communist rulers of other countries. The only real difference, however, is how much power they have. In America, their power is limited by democracy. To see what they WOULD be like with more power, look at where they ARE already very powerful: in America's educational system -- particularly in the universities and colleges. They show there the same respect for free-speech and political diversity that Stalin did: None. So look to the colleges to see what the whole country would be like if "liberals" had their way. It would be a dictatorship.
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