A Chennai based orthopaedic doctor L Prakash alias sex doctor has awarded life tem imprisonment by a Fast Track Court on Thursday for his involvement in a case relating to taking obscene picture of women patients and releasing on the Internet.
This is the first time a medical professional has been booked for violation under the Information Technology Act in India. The sentence was passed under the Immoral Trafficking Prevention Act and fine of Rs 1.25 lakh has been imposed on him.
The FTC found Dr Prakash and his accomplices, Sarvana, Vijayan and Asir guilty under Section 506 (part II), 367 and 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC and Section 67 of Information Technology Act.
The FTC had convicted the doctor and his accomplice on Wednesday. The doctor was found guilty of conspiracy and kidnap, besides other offences under the provisions of the Information Technology Act, Immoral Trafficking Act, Indecent Representation of Women Act and the Arms Act.
The court however acquitted Dr Prakash from two charges 307(attempt to murder) and 376 (rape) Of the IPC.
The Judge had altered the attempt-to-murder charge against the doctor to criminal intimidation. As per the prosecution, the doctor was running a clinic at Anna Nagar here, used a farmhouse at Kalanchikuppam near Ennore and a guesthouse at Valasaravakkam to detain girls and sexually exploit them with the help of the other accused.
The accused took pictures of the girls and uploaded them on the Internet, the charge sheet said. He was also charged with threatening a girl with a revolver when she resisted the heinous act committed by him.
Dr Prakash was arrested in December 2001 on charges of taking obscene photos of his women patients through hidden cameras and uploaded them on the World Wide Web with the help of his US-based brother.
He has spent his life behind bar for more than six years and was also imprisoned under Goonda Act for one year in 2002.
The medical profession is considered as a selfless service. Doctors doing all these types of heinous crime should be treated as a social evil and sternly punished.
Earlier on March 29, 2006 a Haryana based doctor and his associates had been jailed for two years for the first time for revealing the sex of a female foetus and agreeing to abort it.
Under Indian laws, ultrasound tests on a pregnant woman to determine the gender of the foetus are illegal.
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