She’s lucky to be alive and not another victim of Islamic honor killing. Source: Heart doctor ‘beat teenage daughter for staying at male friend’s house after Halloween party’
A top heart doctor who worked at the UN gave his teenage daughter a beating and labelled her a “prostitute” after she disobeyed his orders and went to a Halloween party, a medical tribunal heard on Thursday.
Dr Gohar Rahman, 57, grabbed the youngster by the hair, caned her on the bottom with his walking stick and then rained down punches on her head after he accused her of “bringing shame” on his family.
Police were called in after the daughter sent out a SOS message on social media using a Nintendo DS.
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.
She also went for a night out in her hometown before sleeping over at the home of a male friend.
But her defiance enraged married father-of-three Rahman, a consultant cardiologist at Wigan Infirmary, who set about 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.
Doctors discovered she had bruising to her forehead, lower back left shoulder and left side 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.
He faces being struck off at a disciplinary hearing in Manchester after he was reported to the General Medical Council.
The incident occurred after Rahman’s daughter – who was referred to only as “A” in the hearing – left the family home in Standish 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.”
He added: “A woke up at 11am having received numerous messages that her parents were looking for her. A taxi was organised to collect her from another friend’s house to arrive at 11.30am on 1 November.
“She saw her parents walking toward the taxi and they took her to their car. Her father was driving and her mother was in the front passenger seat with her in the rear passenger seat.
“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.
“During this he was saying to her that he did not recognise her as a daughter, she was bringing shame on the family and again that she was a prostitute.
“She was wearing a dress from the night before and he wanted her to cover up more and he could not stand to look at her.
“A’s mother brought traditional clothes which she changed into. He told her he didn’t want to see her face anymore and sent her to her room.
“He asked for her mobile phone which she said she thought has slipped out of her pocket in the living room.
“Shortly afterwards Dr Rahman came into her room, he had her mobile phone and wanted the code for it. She refused to tell him and he became angry and kept asking her for the code. He then hit her and she fell back onto the bed and he told her to get up.
“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.
“She was able to use a Nintendo DS to contact friends, who then alerted the police. A was removed from the address that day.”
Rahman appeared at Liverpool Crown Court in February where he was 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.
Rahman graduated from Khyber Medical University, a worldwide renowned medical institute in Pakistan; obtained field experience with the United Nations and then a tertiary Teaching Centre in Pakistan before moving to the UK in 1998.
The hearing continues.