Halloween is supposed to be about dressing up in fun costumes, eating tons of candy and getting silly with your favorite people.
But for one family, they'll forever remember Halloween 2016 as the time Dr. Gohar Rahman was banned from practicing for a full year, according to Metro UK.
The 57-year-old consultant cardiologist reportedly attacked his 17-year-old daughter after she went to a Halloween party after lying to him and telling him she'd only be at a friend's house until 9:30 pm.
A lawyer named Noel Casey spoke to the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, revealing,
She wanted to go to a Halloween party that night but she knew her parents wouldn't let her go. So told them she was going to a friend's house and said she would come back at 9:30 pm. She admitted that she had no intention to be back at 9.30 pm and intended to stay out all night.
Instead of simply grounding her, taking away her electronic devices and giving her a stern lecture, Rahman decided that the proper course of discipline would be to brutally beat the 17-year-old.
At the time of banging her head on the back of the seat her father called her a prostitute and said: 'I can't believe what you have done – sleeping at a boy's house.' Her mother was making calls during the journey home and on arrival, [the girl] said her father grabbed her by her hair began dragging her into the living room... She was saying sorry to her dad to make it stop. Her father threw her on the floor and kicked her while she was on the floor.
Unfortunately, the dispute did not end there. The lawyer added,
He told her to get up, so she did, but he dragged her up from the floor by her hair. He was slapping and kicking her back and arms so she fell to the floor again. She remembers being hit with a shoe and was assaulted to her arms back and bottom.
Rahman continued the attack on his daughter with a slew of verbal assaults. He told her that he no longer recognized her as his daughter and that she had brought immense shame to her family for her actions. He also called her a "prostitute."
The altercation led to the girl being forced to change out of her dress because Rahman thought it was too revealing. Once she changed into traditional attire (Rahman is Muslim), the girl was forced to pray.
The report also states that the girl then used her Nintendo DS to alert authorities that she had been beaten by her father.
She was brought to a medical examiner. While being examined a large portion of her hair came off of her head after Rahman had pulled her hair during the attack. The girl told police that her dad looked "like a monster."
She also expressed difficulties sleeping due to the traumatic incident.
Rahman was originally given a 10-month jail sentence, but had it suspended after showing "significant remorse."
As a result of his actions against his daughter over celebrating Halloween, the doctor has been suspended from his medical practice for 12 months.
A coworker close to Rahman said,
He was shattered and full of regret. He admitted it was the biggest regret of his life. He is such a calm and quiet person. I have known him for over 10 years. I have known I'm as a friend, a colleague and a neighbor. I have known his family, his wife and his three children. It was very odd.
Let's hope this family can learn to settle their differences the right way in the future.