Pinki seeks Mamata Banerjee's intervention in the case

Written by: Megha
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Kolkata, Nov 15: Rape accused woman athlete Pinki Pramanik on Nov 15 sought West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee's intervention in the case and appealed to the union sports minister Jitendra Singh to come to her assistance.

Pinki asserted that Mamata's silence had "hurt" her.

"She should give attention to the case. She should intervene," Pramanik said, adding, "This whole episode is an insult to the government of India, for who I won the medals... I feel bad that my gender is being discussed in public. No athletes will come forward in Bengal."

The accused had hogged the limelight after her live-in partner, Anamika, had accused her of rape, following which she was arrested on Jun 24 and made to undergo medical test. Pramanik was released on bail on Jul 11.

A 29-second MMS clip of Pinki undergoing a gender determination test in a private hospital had gone viral on the internet. 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.

Kolkata police on Monday, Nov 12 had filed charge-sheet against Pinki after test report confirmed that Pinki is a male.

Reacting to the charge-sheet, Pinki had said, "Police have plotted a huge conspiracy against me. They are trying to force me into committing suicide."

"I will file a case against the police and government lawyer for defaming me and trying to outrage my modesty," she added.

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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