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Bangladeshi physician charged with rape in Australia

  • Published at 03:03 pm November 29th, 2020
Shafiul Milky
Shafiul Milky is seen in this undated photo Collected

In 2019, his registration was suspended by the Medical Board of Australia but it was reinstated, with conditions

A Bangladeshi physician in Australia has been charged with raping and indecently assaulting female patients, under the pretence of performing necessary medical procedures.

Shafiul Milky, 56, a general practitioner, who was previously employed at a Bellarine Peninsula medical practice, faced Geelong Magistrates' Court charged with 15 offences, reports ABC News.

The charges relate to allegations he touched female patients' breasts and thighs, and digitally penetrated their genitals. The charges relate to alleged offences that occurred between September 2012 and February 2019, according to the report.

Court documents reveal that in 2012, Shafiul allegedly "placed his hand on [a patient's] breast and physically manipulated it, while being aware that [the patient] was not consenting or might not be consenting." 

He also "pulled her underwear down exposing her vagina and touched her groin area."

In 2017, and again in 2018, he is alleged to have raped a female patient, by "introducing his fingers in her vagina without her consent."

All of the alleged offending was said to have occurred "under the guise of performing a legitimate medical procedure."

Shafiul was charged by the Geelong Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team (SOCIT) earlier this month.

In 2019, his registration was suspended by the Medical Board of Australia. But, it was reinstated, with conditions, by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) two months later.

He was restricted to practising at the Colac Medical Centre and Colac Central Medical Centre, in south-west Victoria, and the Mount Clear Medical Centre, near Ballarat.

He was also banned from having any contact with female patients.

A spokesperson for the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) said the Medical Board of Australia has applied to VCAT to have that decision lifted, asking that Dr Shafiul's registration once again be suspended until the hearing of his review application.

They said the application was made "in light of the recent criminal charges and the seriousness of the alleged conduct."

Shafiul is due to face court again in March next year.

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