Friday, March 20, 2009

When Your Doctor Is A Pervert

image Dr Rajinder Aggarwal is a woman's worst nightmare.  When we enter a doctors office we are particularly vulnerable.  We enter a doctors office because we are ill and we are putting our faith and trust in another based in their moral conviction to do no harm. 

It is terrible enough to have to deal with malpractice but the alleged actions of this man amount to sexual assault and the debasement of women.  Not only did he use his male privilege, he exploited the trust that a patient puts in a doctor when they seek medical treatment. 

According to the Mail Online Dr Rajinder Aggarwal was sexually suggestive on more than occasion as well having no compunction about slapping the buttocks of his female clients.

Four women, aged between 26 and 53, have lodged complaints about Aggarwal's conduct in December 2006 and January 2007.

He was working as a locum at the Bluebell Surgery in South Ockchestendon, Essex, and Homerton Hospital, East London.

Prosecutor Anthony Abell told Basildon Crown Court that a woman suffering from panic attacks was 'prodded and pushed around the groin area' by Aggarwal during an examination.

'He told her she was an attractive lady. He asked her when she last had sex and with whom.

'He told her she looked like a million dollars and then gave her these words of advice, "Do you know what would do you good? You should go out and paint the town red and have a good screw".'

The jury heard that the doctor then wrote down his phone number and asked her out for dinner.

Another patient, a student from Sweden, went to see him with a condition. Mr Abell said: 'He pulled down her tights and knickers and began to tap her lower stomach and pubic area.

'As he did this he was pressing his genitals against her lower right arm. She could tell he had an erection.

'He told her to stand up and turn round. Once she had done so he smacked her on the bottom so hard that it hurt and caused her to stumble forwards.'

A 55-year- old patient told the court that she saw Aggarwal after a chest scan and feared she might have cancer.

He partially undressed her and told her to lie on an examination table.

'He felt my stomach. He asked how long I had been married, 33 years, and if I was still sexually active.

'I've never been asked that question before. I thought it was a strange question to ask when I had gone with a pain in my side.'

She added that after she got dressed the doctor asked her to face the wall.

'He went behind me and slapped me across the backside as he walked past. I said, "Ow, what was that for?". It hurt and stung,' she told the jury.

Mr Abell told the court that one of Aggarwal's work colleagues had complained about how he boasted of going to sex parties.

'He then asked how often she had sexual intercourse and in what positions. He suggested that she could sh*g, sh*g, sh*g.'

The doctor was arrested on March 26 last year and denied smacking any of the women or being involved in 'inappropriate conduct', although he admitted giving one woman his phone number when she asked for it.

Yes, this poor innocent man only acted because a woman asked for it.  Where have I heard that bullshit excuse before.  While I understand that a man is innocent until proven guilty, I find it extremely telling that all of these patients with no relationship to each other have similar stories to tell.

From the story it does not seem that he physically penetrated any of the women in question but touching someone sexually without permission is still an assault and a violation.  From the questions that he allegedly posed his interest was clearly not in their medical well being.  No matter how well trained he was, his dick is no cure for any illness.

Despite the research, people still have a tendency to equate sexual assault with sex rather than power.   When someone touches without permission it is because they believe they have the right to violate another for pleasure.   Being a doctor in a world that that has elevated the medical profession means that often one exists with an inflated sense of self worth and when this is combined with the social privilege that is granted with patriarchy it can lead to situations like this.  These women submitted for the purposes of medical examination and not to be part of the sexual game of master/slave that Dr Rajinder Aggarwal so clearly wanted to play.

It is my hope that if the charges against him are proven, that at the very least he will no longer be able to practice medicine.  Such a violation needs to be severely punished.  These women will be triggered every single time they must submit to a physical examination.  It is not something that will be able to forgo if they are to be attentive to their health. 

There are those that claim that we have reached a post feminist world yet clearly men still feel that they exist with the right to assault women at will.  Whether it is the catcalling, the unwanted touching, or rape, to be a woman is to some degree to exist as prey in our patriarchal world.   Often before we have even reached puberty we learn the  lesson that to be female means that our bodies never completely belong to us in the same way that they belong to men. 

When we say no it is not respected and when we say yes we are slut shamed.  The situation is more often than not constructed in such a way to give the male the benefit of doubt regardless of the obvious trauma that the woman is facing.  The more that we assert a right to our bodies the larger the resistance becomes.  Defensively we are called man haters when we resist attempts to violate our persons as though men should naturally be loved and respected, or allowed to posses us at will.  If their bodies were as beaten, bruised, and disrespected, as ours I daresay they would have a better understanding of what it is to feel that one must continually be on guard for the next onslaught. Whether it is walking at night, interacting with family, or in this case visiting a doctor for an examination, a vagina for some will always be an open invitation to become a predator. 

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