Asian Games gold medallist Pinki Pramanik's gender determination test on Tuesday remained inconclusive. The 26-year-old athlete was arrested and order to undergo the test after her live-in partner alleged rape and also accused Pramanik of being a man.
Chief medical officer (health) of North 24 Parganas Sukanto Sil has now referred the athlete to the “better-equipped” SSKM Hospital in Kolkata.
The Barasat district hospital, where the athlete took the test, did not have facilities for chromosome and hormone tests, Sil said. X-ray, scan and blood samples could also not be taken because of lack of proper facilities.
“There was ambiguity in the reports we got. We did the ultrasonography, but all the tests could not be done,” Sil said after Pramanik's medical tests that went on for nearly three hours.
Subsequent to Pramanik's arrest on Thursday, she was taken to a private nursing home for a medical check-up where the test reports showed that the former athlete was a male.
Pramanik, however, claimed innocence and said it was a conspiracy. When she was produced before a court on Friday, the magistrate ordered a panel of experts to assess the athlete’s gender. Pramanik was also remanded in 14 days' judicial custody.
On Monday, Sil had set up a seven-member medical board to conduct the test on Pramanik, who won gold and silver medals at the Asian and Commonwealth Games in 2006.