Athlete Pinki undergoes gender test again in Kolkata
Kolkata, June 25 (IANS) Asiad gold medallist sprinter Pinki Pramanik, accused of being a male and currently under judicial custody for "rape", Monday underwent medical tests for determining gender at the government-run SSKM hospital.
An 11-member medical board headed by Biswanath Kahali, head of the forensic department, has been constituted for the purpose.
Pinki, who was brought from the Dum Dum Central Correctional Home to the SSKM in the afternoon, was first taken to the forensic and state medicine department where she underwent some tests. Later, she was taken for an MRI and USG and other tests, hospital sources said.
The medical board includes a radiologist, a gynecologist and an anatomist among other experts.
Meanwhile, Pinki's counsel Tuhin Roy claimed the entire case was fabricated and also asserted the athlete was a female.
"The entire case is fabricated. She is a female and the tests will now prove that," said Roy.
The athlete was taken for a gender test at another government hospital in North 24-Parganas June 19 but the test was inconclusive, following which she was referred to the SSKM.
Pinki was arrested June 14 and remanded in 14 days' judicial custody by a court June 15 after the athlete's live-in partner, a divorcee and a mother of one, filed a police complaint accusing the athlete of being a male who repeatedly "raped and tortured" her.
Subsequent to the arrest, Pinki was taken to a private nursing home for a medical check-up where the test reports claimed that the former athlete was indeed a male.
Pramanik, however, claimed innocence and said the case was a conspiracy.
Pramanik, who retired from athletics three years ago, won gold in the 4x400 metres relay at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha in Qatar. The runner was a silver medallist at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games the same year.
The Eastern Railway, with which the athlete is a ticket collector, suspended Pinki June 16 following the judicial remand.
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