Controversial athlete, rape accused Pinki sent to jail

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Pinki Pramanik
Kolkata, Jun 17: Former Asian Games gold medalist quarter-miler Pinki Pramanik, who was arrested on rape charges after being accused of being a male, was today remanded to 14 days judicial custody. The Eastern Railway athlete, who was a part of the Indian 4x400m women's relay team, was today produced at the sub-divisional judicial magistrate's court that instructed the chief medical health officer to conduct gender verification test.

Dr Sukanta Sil at the CMHO said that he was awaiting the order and would conduct the tests after that. Pramanik's bail plea was also rejected as she would now undergo fresh gender verification test by the government hospital. The former middle-distance runner, who retired from the international scene after the 2006 Doha Asian Games, was found to be a male in the test reports at a private nursing home yesterday.

"The reports conducted by us show that Pramanik is a male," Subrata Mukherjee of Uma Nursing Home, where the test was conducted, told media. Pramanik was arrested from Baguiati flat after the athlete's live-in partner, a divorcee and a mother of one, in her complaint alleged that Pramanik had been repeatedly raping and torturing her for several months.

PTI

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