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Athlete Whose Gender Is Disputed Out on Bail

  • By PTI

  • Jul 11, 2012
  • KOLKATA, India

    Asian Games gold medalist Pinki Pramanik on Wednesday walked out of jail after 26 days and said she was falsely implicated in the rape case. A Barasat court had on Tuesday granted bail to the athlete.

    Speaking to reporters after her release from the Dum Dum Central Jail, Pramanik said she was falsely implicated in the case.

    Pramanik was arrested on June 14 after she was accused of being a male by her live-in partner, a 30-year-old estranged woman who also alleged that she was raped by Pramanik.

    Asked whether she would file a defamation case, Pramanik said she would consult her lawyer on this matter. Her father and other family members received her after her release from Jail.

    Pramanik won the 4x400m relay gold in the 2006 Doha Asiad and silver in the same event at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games. She won three gold medals in the 2006 SAF Games in Colombo.

    A PIL was moved in the Calcutta High Court on July 6, alleging inhuman torture of the athlete during custody. The court directed the West Bengal government to file an affidavit within two weeks on the progress of the investigation.

    The West Bengal Human Rights Commission has also stepped in and directed the Home, Health and Police departments to inquire into the allegations.

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