2 Updates
Indian-origin doctor refutes rape charges
Photo Credit: Bill Wechter, Getty Images

Indian-origin doctor refutes rape charges

Sep 16 2013, 5:00am CDT | by IANS

Sydney, Sep 16 (IANS) A 39-year-old Indian-origin doctor has pleaded not guilty in an Australian court to charges of raping two women during consultations.

Sydney, Sep 16 — A 39-year-old Indian-origin doctor has pleaded not guilty in an Australian court to charges of raping two women during consultations. Manu Maimbilly Gopal, who hails from Kochi in...

Filed under: news

YouTube Videos

 
 
 

1 year ago

Indian-origin doctor refutes rape charges

Sep 16 2013, 5:00am CDT | by IANS

Sydney, Sep 16 (IANS) A 39-year-old Indian-origin doctor has pleaded not guilty in an Australian court to charges of raping two women during consultations.

Sydney, Sep 16 — A 39-year-old Indian-origin doctor has pleaded not guilty in an Australian court to charges of raping two women during consultations.

Manu Maimbilly Gopal, who hails from Kochi in the south Indian state of Kerala, allegedly digitally penetrated two women illegally when they complained of abdominal pain during separate visits to a Sunbury medical clinic in Melbourne in February last year, the Melbourne Age reported Monday.

He was arrested at Melbourne international airport while waiting for an India-bound flight March 1.

According to the report, when police contacted him Feb 29 about the sexual harassment charges, Gopal changed his pre-booked flight to Kochi from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. March 1 to avoid arrest.

"I really got panicked. I didn't know what to do, so I can't think properly. I just wanted to flee from this situation," Gopal was quoted as saying when he was asked why he wanted to flee the country.

Prosecutor Lesley Taylor told the supreme court in Melbourne that Gopal wanted to conduct the examinations for his own sexual gratification.

"The prosecution relies upon this evidence as an implied admission that he is responsible for the offences charged," the Age report quoted Taylor quoted as saying.

"This trial is not about whether Dr Gopal was a good doctor. This trial is not about whether Gopal was a bad doctor," Taylor said.

"This trial is not about whether Gopal should have been allowed to practise in Australia under the limited registration programme."

She said the question was not whether in each case the vaginal examination carried out by the doctor was "competent or incompetent".

Taylor told the court that the second alleged victim, a mother of four, claimed Gopal, during examination, asked her: "Do you want me to do it softer? Do you want me to do it faster? Does it feel good now?"

The patient said that initially she thought it was a language barrier and she felt a "little bit odd".

"And then there were just too many things between what he said and what he was doing that were not right," one of the victims quoted as saying.

Defence lawyer Michael Tovey argued otherwise.

"What I put to you there was if Gopal is awkward, if he has a manner which creates stress and embarrassment, then the fact that two persons are distressed is no more remarkable than the fact that one person is distressed," Tovey told the court.

"It is clear that Dr. Gopal had general anxiety associated with practice in Australia and particularly upon these occasions because he had the additional responsibility of being released without supervision in the clinic by himself," he said.

Tovey told the court that Gopal's wife and children live in India and he was isolated in Australia when he tried to leave the country.

"He is faced with the prospect of being stranded in Australia during a police investigation with no job and no family and, in those circumstances, there doesn't seem to be any dispute that it was at the last moment that he made the wrong decision," he was quoted as saying.

IANS

Source: IANS

 
Update
2

4 weeks ago

“We thought we’d be safe”: Islan Nettles, the New Jersey 4 and the illusion of security for LGBTQ people of color

Aug 18 2014 11:27am CDT | Source: Salon.com

A frightening look at what happens when LGBTQ women of color refuse to accept street harassment an ...
Source: Salon.com   Full article at: Salon.com
 

 

Don't miss ...

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Man found selling IS flags in Australia
Canberra, Sep 18 (IANS) A man in Australia was found selling flags of the terrorist group Islamic State (IS), media reported Thursday.
 
 
US lawmakers, Sikhs disappointed at basketball body's headgear decision
Washington, Sep 18 (IANS) Two US lawmakers and Sikh community bodies have expressed disappointment over International Basketball Federation's (FIBA) decision to allow athletes to wear religious headgear, such as patkas, only as part of a "trial period".
 
 
Pakistan's flood-hit to receive aid before Eid
Islamabad, Sep 18 (IANS) Under a chief minister's package for the flood-hit people of Pakistan's Punjab province, each family will be given a one-time financial aid before Eid al-Adha Oct 4.
 
 
Typhoon-triggered floods trap 395 students in China
Beijing, Sep 18 (IANS) A typhoon-triggered flood has trapped 395 students and teachers in China, officials said Thursday.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

San Jose Sharks Sign Justin Braun to 5-Year, $19M Extension
The San Jose Sharks signed defenseman Justin Braun to a five-year contract extension on Sept. 17.The Sharks issued a press release on Braun's new deal on their official website:"San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Got married for kids: Neil Patrick Harris
Los Angeles, Sep 18 (IANS) Actor Neil Patrick Harris, who tied the knot with his longtime partner David Burtka, says they got married for the sake of their children - Harper and Gideon. "How I Met Your Mother" star...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Man found selling IS flags in Australia
Canberra, Sep 18 (IANS) A man in Australia was found selling flags of the terrorist group Islamic State (IS), media reported Thursday. Rob Boot, 62, who sells flags from his home in Carrum in Melbourne, raised the...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
US lawmakers, Sikhs disappointed at basketball body's headgear decision
Washington, Sep 18 (IANS) Two US lawmakers and Sikh community bodies have expressed disappointment over International Basketball Federation's (FIBA) decision to allow athletes to wear religious headgear, such as patkas...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Sensor that measures effect of wine in your mouth
London, Sep 18 (IANS) Researchers have developed a nano-sensor that can mimic what happens in your mouth when you drink wine. To put it simply, the sensor is a kind of mini-mouth that uses salivary proteins to measure...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Pakistan's flood-hit to receive aid before Eid
Islamabad, Sep 18 (IANS) Under a chief minister's package for the flood-hit people of Pakistan's Punjab province, each family will be given a one-time financial aid before Eid al-Adha Oct 4. According to officials,...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Windies women take 3-0 ODI lead against New Zealand
Basseterre (St. Kitts), Sep 18 (IANS/CMC) Seamer Shakera Selman inspired the West Indies women to an eight-wicket crushing of New Zealand as they took a 3-0 lead in the four-match One-Day International (ODI) series...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Why people in power need to be attentive listeners
New York, Sep 18 (IANS) Leaders in powerful positions often fail to listen properly and take into account the perspective of others, thus jeopardising the impact they could have, shows new research. The CEOs,...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Typhoon-triggered floods trap 395 students in China
Beijing, Sep 18 (IANS) A typhoon-triggered flood has trapped 395 students and teachers in China, officials said Thursday. Heavy rain brought on by typhoon Kalmaegi since early Wednesday has submerged the first floor...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Modern Europeans have three ancestries: Study
"There are at least three major, highly differentiated populations that have contributed substantial amounts of ancestry to almost everybody that has European ancestry today," explained David Reich, an investigator at...
Read more on Apple Balla