Parisian gynecologist Emile Daraï indicted for intentional violence against 32 women

This endometriosis specialist, former head of the gynecological-obstetrics and reproductive medicine department at Tenon hospital, was indicted on Wednesday and placed under judicial supervision with a ban on contact with the victims and holding consultations. deprived of gynecology, according to a judicial source Thursday, confirming information from Franceinfo.

His lawyer was not in a position to react immediately.

Following a first complaint, the Paris prosecutor’s office opened a preliminary investigation on September 28, 2021 for rape by a person having authority over a minor over the age of 15, later extended to gang rape.

On January 3, a judicial investigation was finally opened for violence by a person charged with a public service mission, a sign of the difficulty in qualifying facts which associate an act of penetration and an alleged agreement between doctor and patient.

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My clients see progress in the investigation, they have been waiting for this for a year for some. On the qualification, some are disappointed, but in any case we are only at the stage of the judicial information“, reacted, requested by AFP, My-Kim Yang-Paya, lawyer of about fifteen complainants who denounced aggravated violence or rape.

My clients have filed a complaint so that there are no other victims, thinking of their daughter or granddaughter“, she specified, also seeing in the prohibition to hold private consultations “breakthrough“.

In December, a report from the internal investigation, launched by the AP-HP and Sorbonne University, concluded that “the obligation to inform these patients, the relief of their pain, the respect of their wishes were not (had) been respected“.

This document added, however, that “the commission (of inquiry) retains no sexual connotation while certain shortcomings have been noted in the collection of consent to certain gestures“.

The commission further considered that the situation was “the result of individual but also collective and systemic dysfunctions“.

Emile Daraï has since been permanently withdrawn from his responsibilities as head of department and head of education. However, he continued to consult.

In May, faced with the controversy, Professor Daraï had given up speaking at a congress of gynecologists, where the feminist collective Collectif Stop aux violences obstetricales (StopVOG) – at the origin of the revelation in September 2021 of the complaints for rape targeting the practitioner – called for demonstrations against his presence.

His case echoes that of Secretary of State Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, a gynecologist who is also a recognized specialist in endometriosis, who has been the subject of an investigation in Paris since the spring after two complaints for rape and a third for violence.

In the wake of the Daraï affair, the learned societies of gynecology enacted a “consulting charter“, which recalls in particular that “the woman’s oral agreement is obtained before any clinical examination“and that the act”must be able to be interrupted as soon as the patient expresses the will“.

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