WOLVERHAMPTON: An Asian doctor Jaswant Rathore committed ten sexual assaults on four women patients was jailed for 12 years on Thursday. Judge Michael Challinor told him that his personal and professional life had been turned into a ‘complete shipwreck’. The GP attacked victims who had gone to his surgery with everyday complaints as mundane as pains in their stomach or back and hay fever.
The 60-year-old, who has had a medical practice in Dudley for almost half his life, delivered unnecessary massage treatment to patients to satisfy his own lust, Wolverhampton Crown Court heard during his seven-week trial. Judge Challinor continued: “Many people have spoken highly of your professionalism, diligence, expertise and amiability. These qualities made you the go-to doctor for many of your patients.
You used your standing in the community as a cloak behind which to carry out assaults on your patients for your personal gratification.
By your actions you violated their faith in you.” The judge added: “Some of your behaviour demonstrated a breath-taking degree of arrogance, you no doubt hoping that your stature in the medical community would enable you to talk your way out of any difficulties.” Judge Challinor said the sexual assaults which occurred over a two and a half year period had been ‘planned and sustained’.
Rathore, from Ploughman’s Walk, Wall Heath, insisted he had always acted professionally and, in each case, the touching during ‘manipulative therapy’ had been medically appropriate.
He was found guilty to eight offences of sexual assault and two counts of assault by penetration, committed against four women patients. The jury acquitted him of charges alleging eight further sexual offences against four more women, none of whom can be identified. The Indian-born defendant, who came to Britain aged three with his family, qualified as a GP in 1985 after studying medicine at the University of Manchester.
He also worked as a house officer in the spinal surgery section at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham in the 1980s before becoming a family doctor. Mr Alan Jenkins, defending said: “He will now be erased from the medical register and will never practise again.
This was a gross breach of trust.” Rathore had been suspended from his surgery in Milking Bank since being charged. Detective Inspector Michelle Thurgood, who headed the police investigation, said: “It was a horrific breach of a position of trust. This was somebody who was a trusted GP, respected in the community. Opening the case against Rathore at the start of the trial, Prosecutor Heidi Kubik told the jury: “You willsee that his actions went far beyond that of legitimate medical treatment.”It was an excuse to touch these complainants in a way that was sexually motivated on his part.” Ms Kubik said Rathore had a “special interest” in the massage therapy he was giving to his patients and “read various articles over the internet.” Rathore, of Ploughmans Walk in Wall Heath, Kingswinford, West Midlands, was convicted of eight charges of sexual assault and two counts of assault by penetration.
The Indian-born doctor, who came to Britain aged three with his family, qualified as a GP in 1985 after studying medicine at the University of Manchester. He also worked as a house officer in the spinal surgery section at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham in the 1980s. Judge Michael Challinor rejected a plea to continue Rathore’s bail overnight before sentencing on Thursday. The judge told the doctor: “We know the nature of the sentence and don’t want there to be any difficulties. Following your conviction, you must expect a significant prison sentence.”