Ar­rests made af­ter op on baby

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LONDON: A FAM­ILY doc­tor has been ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of caus­ing griev­ous bod­ily harm af­ter a baby was al­legedly cir­cum­cised with­out his mother’s con­sent.

Dr Balvin­der Me­hat, 61, was held fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the pro­ce­dure.

It is al­leged the GP was asked by the fa­ther’s Pak­istani fam­ily to carry out the pro­ce­dure in ac­cor­dance with their Is­lamic faith – but the boy’s mother, 28, who is sep­a­rated from the fa­ther, was said to be hor­ri­fied when she found out.

She com­plained to so­cial ser­vices and the po­lice about the clin­i­cian, who works at the Bak­ers­field Med­i­cal Cen­tre in Not­ting­ham, claim­ing her son was in ob­vi­ous dis­tress when he was handed back to her fol­low­ing the pro­ce­dure in July 2013.

Not­ting­hamshire Po­lice re­opened the in­quiry, af­ter pre­vi­ously de­cid­ing it was not a crim­i­nal mat­ter, af­ter lead­ing hu­man rights

‘Three were held on sus­pi­cion of griev­ous bod­ily harm’

lawyer Saimo Cha­hal QC threat­ened the force with a ju­di­cial re­view.

Me­hat was ar­rested, along with a 44-year-old man and a woman, 47, be­lieved to be the child’s pa­ter­nal grand­par­ents, who were held on sus­pi­cion of con­spir­acy to com­mit griev­ous bod­ily harm.

All three have been re­leased pend­ing fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion. It is un­der­stood to be the first time po­lice have treated “non-ther­a­peu­tic” cir­cum­ci­sion as GBH.

Richard Duncker, of Men Do Com­plain, said: “It (the ar­rests) is good news be­cause it gets the is­sue of child gen­i­tal surgery for non-ther­a­peu­tic rea­sons into the pub­lic de­bate.”

Tim Al­ford, also from the group, said the mother “feels vin­di­cated”.

“I have been cam­paign­ing for some time and this is the first time I have seen the po­lice re­fer to non-ther­a­peu­tic cir­cum­ci­sion as GBH. It is quite a land­mark,” he added. – Daily Mail

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