A cardiologist named Gohar Rahman – who graduated from Khyber Medical University in Pakistan, served in the field with the United Nations and then moved his practice to the United Kingdon in 1998 – was suspended for 12 months from his field of medicine after he admitted to beating his daughter, then 17, for attending a Halloween party and staying out all night a boy’s home.
Rahman defended the beating, which was described in court documents as brutal, by saying his daughter, now 18, brought shame on the family by acting like a “prostitute,” the Mirror reported.
He was also given by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service at Liverpool Crown Court 10 months of jail, which was suspended, and ordered to complete 100 hours of community service.
The Mirror describes the brutality of his treatment toward his daughter:
“Rahman’s daughter – who was referred to only as ‘A’ – left the family home on October 31 last year to go out for the evening with a college friend.
“She knew her parents wouldn’t allow her to attend the Halloween party so she told them she would be at a friend’s house and return at 9:30pm, although she intended to stay out all night.”
Her parents called and told her to come home. But she disobeyed and instead stayed out all night at a male friend’s house, the newspaper continued.
The Mirror, once again:
“The following morning in the family’s car Rahman, who was in the driver’s seat, leaned back, grabbed his daughter back the hair and banged her head on the back of the passenger seat two or three times.
“He called her a ‘prostitute’ and said he couldn’t believe that she had slept ‘at a boy’s house.’ At home he dragged her into the living room by the hair and despite her apologies he kicked her while she was on the floor.
“Noel Casey, lawyer for the GMC, told the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service: ‘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.’
“Rahman then demanded the passcode for her mobile phone and hit her with a walking stick after she refused to give it to him.”
The Mirror didn’t specify whether Rahman was a Muslim. But Islam is the state religion of Pakisan, and nearly the entire population abides at least the traditions, if not the full tenets, of its teachings.
Police were alerted to the scene when the girl, at home in Standish, Greater Manchester, sent out an SOS on her Nintendo DS.
Once more, from the Mirror:
“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.”