Twist: 'Athlete Pinki Pramanik suffers from DSD, can't rape'

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Kolkata, Nov 14: Another shocking twist confused all over rape accused athlete Pinki Pramanik case. Days after Kolkata police filed a charge-sheet against her, medical experts on Wednesday, Nov 14 said that Pinki can not rape as the athlete has been suffering from Disorder of Sexual Development (DSD). [Update: Police forcing me to commit suicide: Rape accused Pinki]

Differing with the police version of slapping rape charges, medical experts said that despite an XY chromosome combination, a DSD patient cannot be termed as male and the patient is incapable of performing a sexual act.

Genetic expert Kaushik Mondol, a member of the medical panel investigating the case, was quoted as saying, "Even though the report says Pinki is chromosomally a male, it doesn't conclude that Pinki is a man... it says the athlete suffers from DSD. DSD patients can't be identified as men."

Gautam Khastagir, a gynaecologist, was also quoted as saying, "Pinki probably has an underdeveloped phallus, an internal testis but doesn't have a vagina or uterus. It makes Pinki a male pseudo-hermaphrodite, not a man. Her aggression can be attributed to male hormones and her chromosome, but her sexual identity remains ambiguous."

However, defending their move of slapping rape charges on Pinki, Kolkata police said, "It (Pinki's medical report) says Pinki is not a also indicates Pinki is capable of performing a male sexual act, even if partially... enough to make her capable of attempting rape. You need not penetrate a woman to rape her."

The cops on Monday filed charge-sheet against Pinki who earlier was arrested in Jun 2012.

The accused also had hogged the limelight after a 29-second MMS clip of Pinki undergoing a gender determination test in a private hospital went viral.

The clip showed Pinki in an unclothed state undergoing the test. A PIL was moved in the Calcutta High Court on Jul 6 after the MMS was leaked. Pinki was granted bail after 25 days.

Pinki was arrested on Jun 24 following allegations of rape levelled against her by her live-in partner. The middle distance runner, who won one silver medal and five gold medals between 2005 and 2006, retired in 2007. According to reports, due to her 'excessive male hormones', Pinki was not allowed in a Madurai national meet.

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