Gold medallist Pinki accused of being male, held for 'rape'
Asian Games gold medal winning athlete Pinki Pramanik was arrested after a complaint was made that she is
a male and has allegedly raped a woman, police said Thursday.
"We arrested Pramanik Thursday morning after a woman lodged
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gold medallist Pinki Pramanik, released from jail Wednesday,
alleged that she was treated like an animal during gender tests
and blackmailed for money by the complainant.
"When the gender tests were conducted in the hospital, I was
treated like an animal," said Pinki, who was freed after 26 days
in judicial custody for allegedly raping her live-in partner, a
divorcee and a mother of one.
The athlete was granted bail by the district and sessions judge of
North 24-Parganas district Tuesday.
Accusing police of harassment, Pinki said: "I was only waiting for
my medical report. Police have been harassing me even after my
release from the jail."
Pinki was arrested June 14 and remanded in judicial custody by a
court the next day after the athlete's partner filed a complaint
accusing Pinki of being a male who repeatedly "raped and tortured"
The athlete gives a different version.
"She demanded money long back, which I could not give. So she
framed me in connivance with police. She is trying to frame me
further," Pinki said.
"I confronted her when my gold chain was stolen, but she
threatened me that she would make my photos with her public. So I
was forced into silence."
The athlete said she told police to conduct a gender test of the
complainant too. "But they didn't listen."
Pinki recalled the happenings June 14 when she was arrested.
"I was forcibly put into a police van. That night, they conducted
a medical test on me. I was made unconscious, and when I came to
my senses I found my hands and legs tied up."
The Asian Games gold medalist is also planning to call on Sports
Minister Madan Mitra for help. "My father has already met him,"
Having spent 26 days in jail, Pinki is not sure whether things
would be normal again. "These nightmarish memories will be there.
I don't know whether I can ever return to normal life."
The athlete still seems in a daze after the trauma of jail custody
and after being moved from one hospital to another for gender
An MMS of the medical examination, showing the athlete in the
nude, went viral online.
"I can't say where I stand now," said Pinki, who is from Tilakdi
in Purulia district and who brought laurels to the country by
winning gold in the 4x400 metres relay at the 2006 Asian Games in
Qatar and a silver at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games the same