PINKI PRAMANIK / by Molly Schiot

 Gold medalist Pinki Pramanik was accused of rape by her live-in partner of three years, who also startlingly charged that Pramanik was a man. She claimed that Pramanik had raped her over a period of time and promised marriage but later reneged on the commitment. Pramanik, who was working as a ticket inspector at Kolkata’s Sealdah station, was arrested and later let out on bail. Her arrest and the way in which tests to determine her gender were conducted caused an outcry throughout the country. Pramanik says she was manhandled by policemen, kept in the men’s cell, and forced to undergo medical tests. These tests proved inconclusive. A medical board was constituted to determine her gender and the case was referred to Kolkata’s SSKM Hospital. Since the hospital did not have facilities for chromosome pattern tests, the samples were sent to Hyderabad, where the examination was concluded.

 Gold medalist Pinki Pramanik was accused of rape by her live-in partner of three years, who also startlingly charged that Pramanik was a man. She claimed that Pramanik had raped her over a period of time and promised marriage but later reneged on the commitment. Pramanik, who was working as a ticket inspector at Kolkata’s Sealdah station, was arrested and later let out on bail. Her arrest and the way in which tests to determine her gender were conducted caused an outcry throughout the country. Pramanik says she was manhandled by policemen, kept in the men’s cell, and forced to undergo medical tests. These tests proved inconclusive. A medical board was constituted to determine her gender and the case was referred to Kolkata’s SSKM Hospital. Since the hospital did not have facilities for chromosome pattern tests, the samples were sent to Hyderabad, where the examination was concluded.