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Saturday 25 November 2017

Gardai probe doctor's racist attack claims

GARDAI have launched an investigation into claims by a doctor that he was racially abused at a popular night club.

The Herald revealed this week that junior doctor Syed Kamran Haider Bukhari considered leaving Ireland after suffering a sickening attack at the hands of a female reveller in which he was branded a 'n*****'.

Dr Bukhari (32) was kicked and punched in the early hours of Tuesday morning when he was out socialising with friends.

He was left extremely shaken by the incident and admitted that it made him consider whether he should quit his job.

Gardai have now launched an investigation into the doctor's claims and are working in conjunction with the Garda Racial and Intercultural Office.

Dr Bukhari -- who works with young people with mental health issues -- told the Herald that he has received "an incredibly positive response" since we published his story.

"The reaction I have got from friends, colleagues and many people I do not know has been incredibly positive. I hope that going public with my experience will help other people to do so. If we don't talk about these things, we cannot move forward as a people." He added: "I have lodged a complaint with the gardai and am hopeful that a good outcome can be reached."

It is understood that gardai are reviewing CCTV.

Meanwhile an anti-racism group told the Herald today that it had received a "surge" of reports of people suffering from racial abuse in recent weeks.

Rosanna Flynn, of Residents Against Racism, said: "I would love to report that racism is not a major issue in this country but that would be a lie.

"As a country we need to focus on how we can stamp out the kind of thing that happened to Dr Bukhari as it is very saddening to hear that people as talented and educated as him are considering leaving the country because of the disgraceful actions of so few."

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