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Rapist doctor 'not interested' in medical tribunal's ban


By Sky News - 20.09.2023 - [UK] - [Vibhor Garg] A doctor who raped a woman and then threatened to release a video of the attack has been banned from working in medicine - a decision he says he's "not interested in".


Vibhor Garg, who was jailed in February for 11 years, has been immediately banned from working in medicine by a Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service panel.


His behaviour undermined patients' and the public's trust in the profession, the panel said.


But the 37-year-old, who qualified from the University Of Baroda in India, said in a letter to the panel: "I am not interested in [the] outcome of the case as I will be deported out [of] the country at the end of my sentence.


"I no longer wish to stay and practice medicine in the UK, even if given the opportunity, due to stressful personal events… I do not wish to attend hearing."


Garg, formerly of King Street in Wigan, forced himself on his victim during the night in Sheffield while staying at the same address as her, South Yorkshire Police said.


Pinning her down, he threatened her with scissors, gagged her with tape across her mouth and tried to tie her hands behind her back, the force added.


He was arrested the next day but bailed pending further inquiries after denying the attack, the medical tribunal was told.


Garg then began repeatedly contacting his victim, who cannot legally be named, saying he would release a recording of the rape and kill himself if she did not withdraw her allegation, the panel heard.


The training fellow in orthopaedics was found and arrested in Bournemouth last September, charged and remanded, police said.


He was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court earlier this year after pleading guilty to rape, oral rape and perverting the course of justice, the force added. The medical tribunal cited the sentencing remarks of the judge, who told Garg: "This was not a random, spur-of-the-moment incident.


"This was not you just looking at her and deciding, 'I'm having my way'. "This was far, far more than that."


Speaking after the sentencing, investigating officer PC Natasha Dawson praised Garg's victim.


She said: "This was an extremely violent incident and distressing, and the bravery she has shown throughout has been commendable." If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this article, you can contact Dignity4Patients, whose helpline is open Monday to Thursday 10am to 4pm.

 
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