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I am being driven to suicide by cops: Pinki Pramanik

IANS  Kolkata, November 12, 2012
First Published: 20:57 IST(12/11/2012) | Last Updated: 22:21 IST(12/11/2012)

Alleging a "huge conspiracy" after police filed a chargesheet claiming she was a male, Asian Games gold medallist athlete Pinki Pramanik on Monday said the investigating authorities were trying to force her to commit suicide.

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Pinki said that contrary to the police claim, the medical report had concluded that she was incapable of committing rape. However, she said despite requests, she had not been given a copy of the medical report.

"Police have plotted a huge conspiracy against me. They are trying to force me into committing suicide," said Pinki, after police filed a chargesheet in the chief judicial magistrate's court in North 24 Parganas district's Barasat.

The chargesheet said Pinki was a male and accused the athlete of raping her live-in partner.

The chargesheet was based on the opinion of the seven-member medical board which had been constituted at the state-run SSK Hospital to confirm the athlete's gender in June following allegations from her live-in partner that she was "actually a male" who had raped her repeatedly.

"As per my knowledge, the board had said I had symptoms of excess male hormones as after-effect of some of the drugs I had taken during my sports career," Pinki said.

The athlete was arrested June 14 and remanded to judicial custody the next day after her companion, a divorcee and a mother of one, filed the police complaint.

After the arrest, Pinki was taken to a private nursing home for a medical check-up where the test reports claimed that the athlete was indeed a male. The athlete was taken to the Barasat district hospital and finally to the SSK Hospital for the tests.

Pinki was granted bail July 10 and released a day later after spending 26 days in judicial custody.

Pinki, who retired from athletics three years ago, won gold in the 4x400 metres relay at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar. Pinki was a silver medallist at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games the same year.

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