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Muslim heart doctor, 57, beat his daughter, 17, and called her a ‘prostitute’ after she disobeyed his orders and went to a Halloween party
- Dr Gohar Rahman, 57, grabbed her by the hair and hit her on the bottom
- He used a walking stick in the attack and also punched her on the head
- The daughter had earlier gone to party and slept round male friend’s house
- Rahman was given suspended jail term and now faces being struck off
A heart doctor attacked his teenage daughter with a walking stick and labelled her a ‘prostitute’ after she disobeyed his orders and went to a Halloween party, a medical tribunal heard.
Dr Gohar Rahman, 57, grabbed her by the hair, hit her on the bottom with his stick and then punched her head after he accused her of ‘bringing shame’ on his 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.
During the same evening she also went for a night out in her hometown before sleeping over at a male friend’s house.
Her defiance enraged married father-of-three Rahman, a consultant cardiologist at Wigan Infirmary, who attacked 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 Islamic clothing instead before being ordered to pray.
Colleagues of Rahman spoke of their disbelief and described his as a ‘calm and quiet’ man.
Police were called 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, shoulder, abdomen 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.
Rahman, a consultant cardiologist at Wigan Infirmary (pictured), attacked his daughter when he and his wife went to collect her (stock image).
He faces being struck off at a disciplinary hearing in Manchester today after he was reported to the General Medical Council (GMC).
The incident occurred after Rahman’s daughter – who was referred to only as ‘A’ in the hearing – left the family home in Standish, Greater Manchester, 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.’
The daughter woke at 11am having received numerous messages that her parents were looking for her. Her parents arrived and took her inside their car despite a taxi already waiting outside for her at 11.30am.
Once inside the car she was attacked by her father. Mr Casey added: ‘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.
‘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.’
Dr Rahman then came into her bedroom and repeatedly hit her with a walking stick because she would not tell him her PIN code to use her mobile phone.
Rahman appeared at Liverpool Crown Court in February where he wad given 10 months jail suspended for two years and was ordered to complete 100 hours’ unpaid work.
Mr Casey added: ‘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.’
Rahman appeared at Liverpool Crown Court in February where he wad given 10 months jail suspended for two years 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.
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 have known I’m as a friend, a colleague and a neighbour. I have known his family, his wife and his three children. It was very odd.
‘When it happened he came to speak to me. When I opened the door he was very weak. I let him in the reception and he started crying. It is something very odd for Gohar.
‘I believe it is a big lesson that he did learn. I believe he would never do such a silly thing again. He said he did hit his daughter and this resulted in injuries and she had to go to the hospital.’
Rahman graduated from Khyber Medical University, a worldwide renowned medical institute in Pakistan; obtained field experience with the United Nations and then a worked in Pakistan before moving to the UK in 1998.
The hearing continues.