Indian-Origin physician utilized cancer suspicions to sexually assault women in the United Kingdom
An Indian-born doctor, who abused women’s cancer fears to perform invasive intimate tests, was found guilty of sexually harassing numerous women by the UK tribunal on Tuesday.
Manish Shah, a general practitioner (GP), was found guilty of 25 counts of sexual harassment and stimulation assault on six women at the Old Bailey Court in London. The court heard Shah use a news article in consultation with a healthcare provider about Hollywood star Angelina Jolie having a preventive mastectomy before asking if she’d like him to analyze her breasts.
“He took matters into his own hands to convince women to have invasive vaginal exams, breast exams, and rectal exams when there was absolutely no medical need for them,” attorney Kate Bex told the court.
“Fear is an incredible motivator, and few health issues are more frightening than cancer. Dr. Shah took advantage of this and using it for his own personal gratification,” she replied.
Across five years, between May 2009 and June 2013, the 50-year-old Doctor attacked six people at the Mawney Medical Center in East London, some of whom were as young as 11. The court, which cleared him on five other counts, was informed that he might have now been accused of similar charges against 17 other girls, bringing the total to 23.
Senator Anne Molyneux postponed the prosecution of the most current offenders to 7 February 2020. Shah had denied any wrongdoing, and his attorney, Zoe Johnson, had assured the jury that he was a “cautious, insecure, even inept GP.”
The prosecution case, however, underlined Shah’s generally “sexualized” behavior and also his tendency to flout the National Health Service (NHS) State-funded review directives. He reportedly gave the sufferers kisses and hugs, singing some of them as “special” and his “star,” stating he had a lot of respect for them.
Shah was removed from medical practice in 2013 after allegations were brought to light, culminating in a criminal investigation.