UK: Indian-origin doctor ‘sex predator’ pleads guilty to 39 sexual offences #Vaw #WTFnews


WORLD, Updated Mar 16, 2013

London: An Indian-origin doctor, branded as “sex predator” for sexually assaulting women and teenage girls and secretly filming the acts, has pleaded guilty to 39 sexual offences at a UK court. Dr Davinderjit Bains, 45, was branded a “sex predator” by police officers investigating the case, who also found two James Bond-style spy wristwatch cameras on which he had filmed some of the attacks.

Bains pleaded guilty to 39 sexual offences against victims aged between 14 and 51 at Swindon Crown Court on Friday. The majority of the offences took place between July 2010 and May 2012 at Tinkers Lane Surgery in Royal Wootton Bassett near Swindon, south-west England, where he was based as a general practitioner (GP). Judge Douglas Field ordered pre-sentence and psychiatric reports to be compiled on the doctor, who was remanded in custody awaiting sentencing to a lengthy jail term.

Bains, who qualified as a doctor from Mangalore University in 1993 and became a GP in 2007, is currently suspended from practising by the General Medical Council (GMC). Detective Inspector Mark Garrett, who led the investigation for Wiltshire Police, said the doctor had “massively” breached patients’ trust.

“Data recovered from this watch revealed that over a three-year period he had been secretly recording intimate examinations of his female patients and then downloading those images onto his home computer,” he said. “We had the challenge of identifying and locating a large number of women and explaining to them that their examinations had been secretly recorded by Bains for the purpose of his sexual gratification. It was horrendous. They were unaware that they were victims and this dated back over a three-year period,” he added.

The court was told that the watch Bains used to film the abuse had a built-in camera on the face, with simple on and off buttons to record, and can be bought on the internet for less than 60 pounds. His victim list comes close to 100 women when the judge takes into consideration the other offences – 10 of sexual assault by penetration, eight of sexual assault and 47 of voyeurism.

His not guilty pleas to three charges of sexual assault and a single count of administering a noxious drug with intent to commit a sexual offence were accepted and will lie on file. The police investigation began in June, 2012 when a 19-year-old woman told officers she thought Bains had filmed her as she showered and alleged that she had been sexually assaulted by him. When detectives arrested Bains at the Tinkers Lane Surgery, they discovered his hi-tech wristwatch with spy camera and found footage of “inappropriate or unnecessary” examinations by Bains on a Tieex 4GB Waterproof HD Spy Watch DVR, which has been likened to something out of a 007 film.

They later recovered 361 high-quality video clips from his watch and home computer. NHS Wiltshire wrote to patients of the surgery in 2012 and a helpline was set up to help his former patients. Stephen Rowlands, NHS Wiltshire’s medical director, said he was “appalled” at Bains’s crimes. “It is clear that he violated the trust and dignity of those who looked to him for professional care and support. Such cynical abuse of his position and the way he concealed the serious offences is reprehensible,” he said.

At a previous hearing, Judge Field had banned the media from reporting the guilty pleas until Thursday, when the court heard that Bains will not face trial. He had admitted 23 charges relating to sexual assault and 11 of voyeurism at the last hearing. A statement from the Tinkers Lane surgery said: “This has been a shocking and distressing case for all concerned. The partners, GPs and staff of Tinkers Lane Surgery are deeply saddened by the actions of this former colleague and our sympathies remain entirely with the victims and our patients and their families.”

Student’s Arrest: The Lingaram Kodopi of South India?


MANGALORE – Arrest of a student pursuing Post Graduation from Mangalore University on the charges of Naxal link, has created a row between civil society and administration in Dakshina Kannada district.

Vittala, a student of Mass Communication and Journalism, along with his father Linganna (53) was arrested on Friday 2nd March, from his house located in Kutlur village of Beltangadi Taluk amidst the dense Western Ghats, while another son of Linganna, Purushottam is absconding. Anti Naxal Force (ANF) armed with various charges like sedition, is hunting for him.

Vittala, a member of Malekudia ST Community dwelling in the Western Ghats is the only person to study beyond SSLC. He was an active associate of Anti Naxal student outfit, SFI. He had also engaged himself with several ‘Rights’ organizations fighting for the cause of Moolanivasis and Dalits of this region.

Last Friday, on the 2nd of March, a personnel of Anti Naxal Force (ANF) barged into the house of Linganna, a collie, and allegedly beat him up. He arrested him and his son Vittala, who had come home to see his father, on the charges of supporting the Naxal movement and hence waging a war against the nation..

According to the Police, who carried out a combing operation, Linganna, his son Vittala and Purushottama are supporters of Naxal outfits. They claim that handbills, paper cuttings on Naxal issues, binoculars and other related materials were recovered from Linganna’s house during the operation.

But according to the students and people who know Vittala, he is a decent and brilliant student, and was very regular to the classes. He was also fighting for the cause of Moolanivasis, especially against forceful eviction and their Land Rights.

Anti Naxal Force has taken Vittala into police custody after producing them in Beltangadi court, while Linganna was sentenced to judicial custody by the Court.

Several organizations have been protesting against the arrest of both the father and son, alleging that the government has adapted alternate means to sabotage the voice of people fighting for justice and for the Rights of moolanivasis, so that it can easily evacuate them from the forests.

Rights’ organizations of this region have been raising doubts over the functioning of the Anti Naxal Force since a long time. They have been demanding the administration to stop the practice of stereotyping Malekudia and Dalits as Naxalites. Malekudia is a primitive tribe dwelling in the Western Ghats of South Canara and is a very backward community.

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