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Doctor who sexually assaulted nurse blames different cultural norms

By Tanya Clark 6:35 AM November 10, 2017
Imran Qureshi

A doctor of the United Kingdom was found guilty of sexually assaulting a young nurse.

44-year-old Imran Qureshi worked at the Trafford General Hospital in Davyhulme, Greater Manchester when the incident occurred.

According to court records, Qureshi, a married father of two children, began sexually harassing a Muslim female nurse who was only identified as Miss A.

The victim recorded some the inappropriate conversations between the two while at work.

Qureshi asked the student if she had a boyfriend and when she said that she did not, he assumed she was available to be in a relationship with him.

The victim told police that Qureshi said he was in an unhappy marriage and that he wanted to have an affair with her, but she refused.

One day, while she walked into a cafeteria, the doctor walked in behind her and closed the door behind them.

He walked over to the victim and asked her if she had a thyroid problem.

He then began touching her neck. He then spoke about her heart and touched her breasts.

The woman resisted and left. She then told her supervisor about the incident and police were called.

Af first, Qureshi said that the incident was not sexual but medical.

However, in court, Qureshi said that the incident was a “misjudgment” on his part as he thought that Miss A. was interested in him.

He added that the “cultural norms are different” in the United Kingdom than in Pakistan, where he was born and raised.

Qureshi was convicted by a jury of sexual assault.

He was sentenced at Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court to a 12-month community order with 20 days rehabilitation activity.

He was also ordered to register as a sex offender for five years.

Qureshi is now awaiting a decision from the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service if he will be allowed to continue working as a doctor of if he will lose his medical license.