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Indian-Origin Doctor Gets 8-Year Jail For Sexually Assaulting Patients In UK

Indian-Origin Doctor Gets 8-Year Jail For Sexually Assaulting Patients In UK

LONDON: An Indian-origin gynaecologist was sentenced to eight years in prison in the UK for sexual assault against his female patients.

Dr Mahesh Patwardhan was sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court for four counts of sexual assault between July 31, 2008 and September 24, 2012.Judge Alice Robinson told the court in south London that the impact statement from one of his victims was “one of the most harrowing I’ve ever read”.

“You knew about the serious sexual abuse she suffered as a child,” she told the 53-year-old medic, who was in court with his anaesthetist wife, son and daughter.

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Dr Patwardhan was also convicted of two counts of fraud relating to falsely billing private medical insurers for work he did not perform.

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The doctor had already been struck off by the UK’s General Medical Council (GMC) in October 2014 and publicity from that case prompted more victims to come forward, local newspaper ‘News Shopper’ reports.

One of his victims had attempted suicide and said Dr Patwardhan ruined her life, Judge Robinson told the court.

The assaults took place at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich and Blackheath Hospital in Lewisham, south-east London, between 2008 and 2012.

The day before one complainant was due to have a hysterectomy, Patwardhan conducted a breast exam, despite the patient telling him she had recently had a mammogram.

During his trial, the jury was told he even asked one woman to reveal her tattooed bottom.

The India-born gynaecologist had denied all charges of sexual assault as well as the two counts of fraud.

Source: PTI
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  1. Indian are obsessed of caste. If a lower caste individual would have committed such crime which tarnished the image of whole India the whole lower caste would have been stamped as rapist.

  2. These useless unethical fellows think they can break the law and get away easily like in india. because of such black sheep the whole indian community of doctors abroad gets a bad name. This has roots in the way indians think. Once a doctor reaches the position of a consultant or a professor people around him tend to ignore all mistakes made by him due to our stupid culture of respecting elders and hence He/she thinks he is next to god. I am waiting for a day when senior doctors and consultants in india who misbehave with patients and other paramedical staff and junior colleagues get similar punishments irrespective of their seniority and status. But thats too much expectation from India.

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