AGC drops criminal defamation charge against journalist
THE Attorney-General’s Chambers has withdrawn the criminal defamation charge against journalist Tashny Sukumaran, who was scheduled to appear at the Kuala Lumpur Court Complex tomorrow.
Attorney-General Tommy Thomas told The Malaysian Insight that the defamation charge over a series of tweets last year, alleging inappropriate physical contact during a medical examination, has been withdrawn.
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“Although an initial tweet by the patient had admitted to her (the nurse’s) presence, this was later denied,” he added.
“In addition, the patient has obscured or failed to clearly reveal that following the clinical examination, we discussed the five therapeutic options available for her. This was followed by a general conversation on her work.”
Dr Ruban explained that the patient then paid for the consultation and left the clinic without any complaint.
According to him, the patient’s demeanour captured on CCTV is “calm and unruffled”.
In addition, he wrote that CCTV footage during the consultation has been submitted to authorities and that legal action will be taken in any event.
All of this plays contrary to the story told on social media, which has resulted in a barrage of unfounded allegations against me and has caused anguish to me, my family, friends, and the wider community that has grown to respect me, my practice, and my practice partners,” the statement read.
“Ours is a practice which has served the community for 50 years. It is ironic that it is my reputation and that of the practice, which in the first place led the complainant to seek a second opinion from me on her medical condition.”
He added that legal proceedings will be issued soon and urged parties concerned and the public to exercise decency, caution, and patience until the process arrives at its conclusion.
PETALING JAYA: A doctor is under investigation for allegedly sexually harassing a patient at his clinic in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur.
The patient, journalist Tashny Sukumaran, 28, alleged that she was touched “inappropriately” by the dermatologist when she visited his clinic for an examination on Friday (Aug 16).
“I went for an examination on my shin.
“During the consultation, he touched my lower thigh and knee several times despite me telling him to stop doing so, ” she told The Star on Tuesday (Aug 20).
After she took to Twitter to recount her experience on social media, Tashny said she was approached by many people who claimed they had endured similar experiences with the same doctor.
“Some incidents took place as recent as a few weeks ago, ” she said.
She also lodged a police report at the Kuala Lumpur police headquarters on Saturday (Aug 17).
Kuala Lumpur CID chief Senior Asst Comm Rusdi Mohd Isa confirmed that an investigation was underway.
“Yes, we are investigating.
“So far, we have recorded statements from the relevant parties, ” he said when contacted on Tuesday (Aug 20).
Meanwhile the dermatologist, Dr Ruban Nathan, has spoken out against the allegation.
“The allegation is without corroboration and claims that a superficial skin examination of her shin to knee was somehow tantamount to sexual harassment.
“A trained nurse was in attendance during the entire five-minute consultation, ” he said in a statement.
Dr Ruban said he was looking at the possibility of initiating legal action against his accuser.