Headlines December 12, 2019
Indian-origin doctor in UK guilty of sexual assault
Manish Shah, a doctor of Indian origin based in the United Kingdom, has been found guilty of sexually assaulting many women. Shah exploited women’s cancer fears to carry out invasive intimate examinations.
A general practitioner (GP), Shah has been convicted of 25 counts of sexual assault and assault by penetration on six women. In one case, he used a news story about Hollywood star Angelina Jolie having a preventative mastectomy, to ask a patient if he could examine her breasts.
He took advantage of his position to persuade women to have invasive vaginal examinations, breast examinations and rectal examinations when there was absolutely no medical need for them to be conducted. – Kate Bex, Prosecutor
Between May 2009 and June 2013, 50-year-old Shah assaulted six patients, some as young as 11. He had already been convicted of similar allegations relating to 17 other women, bringing the total number to 23.
Shah has denied any wrongdoing. His lawyer claims he was a cautious, insecure, perhaps at times incompetent GP.
But Shah was also found guilty of not following guidelines set on examinations. He would reportedly give patients hugs and kisses.