Golden Girl or Boy: Asian Games gold medallist Pinki Pramanik in 'rape' scandal

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    Sabir DFI TEAM Senior Member

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    Asian Games gold medallist woman athlete Pinki Pramanik, who triumphed in Doha in 2006, has been detained by the West Bengal police for allegedly torturing and attempting to rape a woman. The victim has claimed that Pinki is actually a male.

    Police sources said that Pinki could not be arrested on Thursday as she refused to undergo medical tests in a government hospital. For this reason, she could not be produced in court either.

    Following the complaint, Pinki was detained and permission has been sought from the court for a medical test on Pinki to ascertain her sex.

    A complaint was lodged at the Baguihati police station in North 24 Parganas and accordingly, the athlete was taken into police custody on Thursday.

    Pinki won a gold medal in the 4x400 metres relay at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar. She was also a silver medallist at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games the same year and also won gold at the 2005 Asian Indoor Games.

    Pinki won three gold medals at the 2006 South Asian Games, winning the 400m and 800m events as well as the 4x400m relay. The 25-year-old athlete works with Eastern Railway's Sealdah division as a travelling ticket examiner.

    "We picked up Pinki Pramanik on Thursday morning following a complaint lodged by a woman. The victim alleged that she was raped by the athlete and claimed that Pinki is actually a male and has been cohabiting with her for the past several months," a police officer posted at Baguihati police station said.

    The officer added that Pinki had promised to marry her (the victim) but later refused.

    Daughter of Durgacharan Pramanik, Pinki hails from a poor family in West Bengal's Purulia district. Her village Tilakdih, bordering Jharkhand, lacks basic facilities. Training in this remote hamlet meant running about 10 km everyday by the riverside, till she was brought to Kolkata. Pinki couldn't continue studies after class X.

    Pinki's talent got noticed in March 2002 during an inter-district sports meet. Two months later, she set three state records in 100m, 200m and 400m in her age-group.

    Later, the Sports Authority India (SAI) took her under its fold and former national record holder Geeta Zutsi helped her hone her athletic skills. She retired from the sport almost three years ago.

    Pramanik was also arrested under the Arms Act in 2004 when local boys who snatched her bag, informed the police that a revolver was found in it.

    Asian Games gold medallist Pinki Pramanik in 'rape' scandal : Other Sports, News - India Today

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