A Pakistani doctor working in Ireland says he may leave the country after being the victim of a racist attack.
Dr Syed Kamran Haider Bukhari, who was one of 100 doctors to be recruited by the Health Service Executive (HSE) in July 2011, told the Evening Herald about being punched and kicked by a female in a nightclub and being labeled a n****r.
The 32-year-old junior doctor was enjoying a night out recently when he was assaulted by a young female.
"A young girl who was clearly drunk approached me on the dance floor before shouting nasty names at me. She punched and slapped me but she was taken away by her friends who apologised.
"But then she came back. She was shouting racial expressions at me before punching and kicking me. I couldn't defend myself, it's not in my nature to [retaliate].
"I love this country. I work extremely hard and I have made so many friends and have had so many good experiences here,” he told the Evening Herald.
However, this is not the first instant of racial abuse the father has experienced since moving to Ireland.
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"But this is not the first time I have been subject to racism. Somebody has to stand up and stay 'stop,'" he said.
"I don't know if I want to remain here any longer.
"I was going to bring my two daughters and wife over from Pakistan but why would I want to have them living among racism?
"I don't want them subjected to the type of attitudes and attacks that I've suffered from," he added.
The doctor, who works for the Louth-Meath Mental Health Services says that the nightclub staff were unhelpful when he told them about the incident, he said they: "laughed at me and made fun of me because I'm a psychiatric worker."
The immigrant said he intends to lodge a formal complaint with local police.
"I'm extremely upset to be honest. I've given every ounce of my energy to my job where I work with children and adolescents.
"The words used to describe me were nothing short of racism and I feel it is a really major problem in Ireland.
"But I am more upset at the response of the authorities and the night club itself. They are supposed to protect people.
"I don't want to make myself out as a victim but I do want to highlight that racism is at large here."
Doubtful about his future in Ireland, Dr Bukhari says he will have to reconsider whether or not he will renew his contract with the HSE once it expires in 2013.
"I don't know if I will stay in Ireland after my contract expires," he said.
Concluding, "I certainly won't bring my family over now."
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