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Athlete Pinki Pramanik is male: Medical report

Nov 12, 2012 03:35 PM IST India India

Kolkata: The medical report of Pinki Pramanik suggests that the athlete is male. The police have submitted a chargesheet against Pinki Pramanik at Barasat Court alongside the medical report, charging the athlete with rape and cheating.

Pinki's medical tests were performed by a board of doctors at the SSKM hospital in Kolkata. Pinki was arrested and jailed after the athlete's former live-in partner accused that she had been raped by the athlete. The athlete was freed from the jail on bail on July 11, 2012.

Pinki was arrested on June 14 following allegations of rape. The former middle-distance runner, who had won the 4x400m relay gold in the 2006 Doha Asian Games, has been accused of being a male and of allegedly raping her live-in partner. Her 30-year-old line-in partner, an estranged woman, had alleged that Pinki was in fact a male following which the athlete was made to undergo gender determination tests.

Pinki was initially taken to a private nursing home in Barasat under police custody after being arrested and later to the Barasat General Hospital for gender tests but the reports were inconclusive as the athlete was subsequently referred the SSKM Hospital. But the gender of the athlete could not be determined at the state-run hospital as the facility for the chromosome pattern test was unavailable.

A video clipping purportedly of Pinki showing the athlete in the nude was circulated as a PIL was moved in the Calcutta High Court on July 6. The court directed the West Bengal government to file an affidavit within two weeks on the progress of the investigation. The West Bengal Human Rights Commission had also stepped in, directing the home, health and police departments to inquire into the alleged "inhuman torture" on the athlete in police and jail custody.

The Eastern Railway middle-distance runner had won a 4x400m relay gold in the 2006 Doha Asiad and a silver in the same event at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games. Pinki bagged three gold medals in the 2006 SAF Games in Colombo when the athlete won the 400m, 800m and 4x400m relay events.

(With additional information from PTI)