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Jaswant Rathore: GP jailed for 12 years after 10 sex attacks on female patients

By John Scott | Dudley | Crime | Published:

A perverted family doctor went to the cells with his 32-year medical career in ruins after being jailed for 12 years today.

Dr Jaswant Rathore was a GP in Dudley for 30 years

Shamed Dr Jaswant Rathore committed ten sexual assaults on four women patients was told by Judge Michael Challinor 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 hayfever.

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’.

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He went on: “Many people visit their doctors and submit to the most intimate of examinations because they trust their doctor and that is eroded by people like you.”

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.

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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.

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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.

"Many of the patients had gone to him for many years, so absolutely trusted him. We go to our doctor when we're at our most vulnerable and he has abused that trust by carrying out those offences."

She added: "He has been a GP for a long time, there could be other victims. What I would say is, if anybody who is reading the press or seeing the press and they think that they are a victim, then please come forward.

"If you can find the strength to come forward, do so. You'll be given all the time and support you need to help you."

John Scott

By John Scott
Reporter/News Feature Writer

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