The ordeal of a medal winning athlete


Pic Courtesy: Bangkok Post

June 14,2012: Pinki Pramanik, a woman medal winning athlete has been accused by a woman of being a man and rape her. Pinki  had been living with her for two years.The woman alleged that Pinki is actually a man. But the father of the middle distance runner Durga Charan Pramanik confirmed that she is a girl.Later she was arrested by the Baguiati Police.

June 15: The star athlete Pinki Pramanik has been refused bail by a court in the rape charges against her and sent to jail for 14 days.

June 18: The health department of the state government formed a seven-member medical board to determine whether Pinki is a male or female, who has been arrested on a rape charge brought by a woman.

June 19:  seven-member medical board failed to ascertain the the gender of Asian Games gold medallist Pinki Pramanik and referred the case to SSKM Hospital.

July 2: Athletes and human right groups criticize the state government for its ‘insensitive’ handling the case of arrested athlete Pinki Pramanik.

Pic Courtesy: The Hindu

July 4: A video clip showing the former Asiad gold medalist  completely naked and undergoing a gender verification test at a private nursing home in North 24 district.

July 6: A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) moves in the Calcutta High Court  alleging inhuman torture on Painki Pramanik. The court has directed the state government  to file an affidavit within two weeks on the progress of the investigation.

July 11: Asian Games gold medallist Pinki Pramanik, walked out of jail after spending 26 days in jail custody on charges of rape. She alleged that police had tied her hands and legs and forcibly conducted the gender determination test on her.

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About shanthanubh

A calcutta(India)based Independent newsresearcher and Investigative reporter.He has been working as a journalist for more than 15 years.He had worked as a news researcher for various news based programs in Calcutta.Shanthanu considers Deborah Potter and Theressha Collington Moore as his mentor because in his early days of journalism carrier, he was inspired and motivited by their works and learnt a lot from them about media ethics and news research.Though,a news researcher don't get enough credit for his job,he sticks to it.He believes that as journalists we should follow the jounalism mantra that if your mother says she loves you, check it out.we work as a store clerk.we believe that facts are more important than adjectives.Earlier,he also worked as a private investigator to brush up his skill as an Investigative Reporter.

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