Home > Archives
Wednesday November 14, 2012
KOLKATA: Indian police on Monday charged an international gold medal-winning athlete with raping her former partner after medical tests showed she was actually a man.
Pinki Pramanik, who retired in 2007 after winning team gold in the 4x400m relay at the 2006 Asian Games, was charged after a report was completed by a medical board set up to determine her gender.
“Medical tests have confirmed that Pinki is not a female,” B.N. Kahali, chairman of the board, told AFP. “Pinki is a male pseudo-hermaphrodite. We have submitted the medical report to the district sessions court.”
Male pseudo-hermaphrodites are genetic males who develop some female physical characteristics and identities.
Prabir Roy, officer in charge of the Baguihati police station in Kolkata, said the athlete has been charged with rape and forgery.
Pramanik, 26, was arrested in June and forced to undergo a gender test following accusations from a woman who previously lived in her flat that she had been raped.
Pramanik’s arrest and allegations over her gender caused a sensation in India, with rights’ groups complaining her privacy had been invaded by the authorities and media in Kolkata.
The athlete, the daughter of a poor farmer in rural West Bengal, also won a silver in the 4x400m relay at the 2006 Commonwealth Games before she stopped competing the following year.
Indian athletics authorities could not be reached for comment on Monday. — AFP
Neighbours heard cries of children being beaten
RM1mil reward offer for information on Dr M's alleged misdeeds
Body of child found buried in kitchen
‘Wild’ party ends for 51 at popular mall
Money down the drain
Image on Google Street View may be that of missing boy
Copyright © 1995-2015 Star Media Group Berhad (ROC 10894D)(Formerly known as Star Publications (Malaysia) Berhad)