A doctor carried out internal examinations on a young patient which left her feeling ‘disgusted’, a court has heard.
Retired doctor Syed Iman-ul Karim, 71, faces claims that he indecently assaulted two of his patients at the surgery on Whalley Road, during the 1990s.
Dr Karim, of Allsprings Plantation, Great Harwood, has denied seven counts of indecent assault. During a trial at Preston Crown Court this week one alleged victim said she felt ‘disgusted’ and ‘groped’ during examinations carried out by Dr Karim, who she described as ‘a pervert’.
Prosecutors told the court Dr Karim examined the patient’s breasts at least six times and gave numerous internal examinations at his former surgery on Whalley Road, Clayton-le-Moors. Giving evidence from behind a screened off witness box, she said: “I remember the doctor saying because I’m a young woman now I need to get regular checks and get regular smears and check my breasts.”
The complainant told prosecutor Jeremy Lasker the alleged incidents began when she was given a prescription for the contraceptive pill and was told she would need to return for internal examinations every couple of weeks.
She said she had visited the surgery ‘time and time again’ during that period to treat a recurring sore throat and verrucas on her feet.
“I had an internal examination many times,” she said.
Describing the alleged assaults she said Dr Karim asked her to lift her bra above her chest and touched her breasts with his bare hands.
During internal examinations the defendant did not always use gloves or wash his hands, she claimed.
The court heard she made a complaint to the police some years later because she felt Dr Karim was ‘getting away with it’.
But Alan Jenkins, defending, quoted medical notes which stated that the alleged victim had been referred to hospital from the GP’s surgery with a suspected lump in her breast and gynaecological problems.
When Mr Jenkins asked why she never asked to see another doctor instead of Dr Karim she said she felt she had ‘no option’.
She said she told her mother after the first incident claiming she was ‘groped’ and called the doctor ‘a pervert’ but was told not to speak badly about him.
She added: “I was not in the same mind as I am now. I’m a stronger person now, I would never put up with it now.”
Dr Karim denies all the charges. The trial is expected to last five days.