Indian female athlete ‘a man’ says ex-lover
Pinki Pramanik was remanded in custody for 14 days to await trial on allegations that she repeatedly raped her female live-in partner.
“The court magistrate asked the authorities to constitute a medical board for determining the gender of Pinki,” Prabir Roy, who heads the police station on the outskirts of Kolkata where Pramanik was arrested, told AFP.
Pramanik, who retired in 2007, declined to take a medical examination at a government-run hospital when she was questioned.
“She has brought false charges against me as I refused to give her 300,000 rupees ($5,400),” Pramanik told reporters from the back of a police van before the court hearing. “Truth will prevail,” she said.
Pramanik had said she had undergone numerous medical check-ups during her running career and added, “Why should I agree to more ridiculous tests?”
“Pinki poses as a woman but is actually a man,” the victim was quoted as saying in Friday’s Calcutta Telegraph. “She would assault me regularly and raped me several times.”
She also claimed that Pramanik had promised to marry her.
Pramanik, 26, won gold in the 4x400m relay at the Asian Games and a silver for the same event in the 2006 Commonwealth Games before she stopped competing the following year.
She grew up as the daughter of a poor farmer in rural West Bengal state, about 140 miles (220 kilometres) from Kolkata and has worked as a ticket inspector on the Indian railways.
In 2006, Indian athlete Santhi Soundarajan failed a gender test and was stripped of the silver medal she won in the women’s 800m at the Asian Games in Doha.
Gender controversies are often caused by Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH) when females have male physical characteristics or Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (AIS), when someone is genetically male but their genitals may appear to be female.
South African athlete Caster Semenya won the women’s 800m world championships in 2009 but was then sidelined for 11 months during a probe into her gender.
She was cleared to compete and is a gold medal prospect at the London Olympics.
»Indian female athlete ‘a man’ says ex-lover
Asian Games gold medallist Pinki Pramanik, accused of being a male and currently remanded to judicial custody has been suspended by the Eastern Railway, with whom the athlete worked as a ticket collector, an Railways official said.
“As per the service rules if a person is either in police or judicial custody for 48 hours or more he/she is automatically suspended.” Eastern Railway spokesperson Samir Goswami said.
Pramanik’s suspension can only be revoked if the court absolves the athlete of all charges, added the official.
Officials are also mulling, subject to court’s order, to initiate an enquiry into the physical and medical test which the athlete underwent during her recruitment to the Railways.
»Pinki Pramanik suspended from railways’ job
The gender of Asian Games gold medalist Pinki Pramanik could not be established at the Barasat General Hospital as it did not have the facilities, and the case was sought to be referred to the better equipped SSKM Hospital in Kolkata.
“There was ambiguity in the reports we got. We don’t have the facilities for chromosome and hormone tests. We did the ultrasonography, but all the tests could not be done”, Chief Medical Officer of North 24 Parganas district Dr Sukanta Sil said after Pramanik’s medical tests lasting about three hours.
X-ray, scan and blood samples could not be taken because of lack of proper facilities at the Barasat General Hospital, where the athlete was taken.
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