1 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

 

Don't miss ...

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Boko Haram kills 48 Nigerian fishermen
Abuja, Nov 23 (IANS) Members of Nigeria's armed terrorist group Boko Haram have killed 48 people in an attack on fish sellers near the border with Chad, a media report said Sunday.
 
 
45 killed in Afghanistan suicide attack
Kabul, Nov 23 (IANS) At least 45 people were killed and 60 wounded Sunday in a suicide bomb attack at a volleyball ground in Afghanistan's Paktika province, officials said.
 
 
14 killed in Afghanistan bombing
Kabul, Nov 23 (IANS) At least 14 people were killed and 35 wounded Sunday in a suicide bomb attack at a volleyball ground in Paktika province of Afghanistan, a source said.
 
 
Iraqi forces attack IS-held towns
Baghdad, Nov 23 (IANS) Iraqi security forces attacked two towns held by the Sunni radical group Islamic State (IS) in Iraq's eastern province of Diyala Sunday, police said.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

First Italian female astronaut ready for spaceflight
Rome, Nov 24 (IANS) History will be made Monday with the first ever Italian female astronaut set to go into space for a mission on board the International Space Station (ISS). Samantha Cristoforetti, a captain in the...
Read more on Business Balla
 
Jennifer Aniston disses Kim Kardashian West's nude photoshoot
Jennifer Aniston has joked that she was one of the ''original'' women who posed nude for a magazine. The 'Horrible Bosses' star - who exposed her bottom on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine in 1996 - compared herself...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Kris Jenner defends Corey Gamble over stalking allegations
Kris Jenner has defended her boyfriend over stalking allegations. The 59-year-old 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians' star - who is currently dating 33-year-old Corey Gamble, following her separation from Bruce Jenner -...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Selena Gomez 'emotional' ahead of American Music Awards
Selena Gomez is ''emotional'' ahead of her performance at the American Music Awards tonight (11.23.14). The 'Come And Get It' hitmaker posted a black and white Instagram video of her at the rehearsals for the AMA's,...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Amber Heard 'unhappy' with Johnny Depp
Amber Heard thinks Johnny Depp made a ''fool'' of himself. The 28-year-old actress and model - who is engaged to the 'Transcendence' star - is ''unhappy'' with her fiance's strange presentation at the Hollywood Film...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
One Direction members upset with 'Steal My Girl' performance
London, Nov 24 (IANS) The members of English pop band One Direction felt disappointed when their single "Steal My Girl" didn't make it to number one spot on Britain's music charts. The band, which comprises of members...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Benedict Cumberbatch's hope for new fiancee
Benedict Cumberbatch thinks his fans will like his fiancee. The 'Imitation Game' star - who recently revealed he was engaged to Sophie Hunter - believes his loyal fans will love his future bride because they love him....
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Kate Hudson plans birthday presents
Kate Hudson plans her mother's birthday presents years in advance. The 'Almost Famous' star has revealed that she had been planning for years what present to get her mother, Goldie Hawn, for her 69th birthday, which...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Boko Haram kills 48 Nigerian fishermen
Abuja, Nov 23 (IANS) Members of Nigeria's armed terrorist group Boko Haram have killed 48 people in an attack on fish sellers near the border with Chad, a media report said Sunday. The attack took place Thursday, but...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
45 killed in Afghanistan suicide attack
Kabul, Nov 23 (IANS) At least 45 people were killed and 60 wounded Sunday in a suicide bomb attack at a volleyball ground in Afghanistan's Paktika province, officials said. "Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani...
Read more on Politics Balla