Athlete Pinki Pramanik gets bail

Asian Games gold medal winning athlete Pinki Pramanik's 25-day ordeal in jail ended on Tuesday with the court granting her bail.

Pramanik had been in police custody on charges of "rape" after being accused of being a man and raping her live-in partner.

Pramanik’s 30-year-old partner, Anamika, fainted in the court upon hearing the verdict, television reports said.

The athlete, who had been in jail since June 15 for alleged rape, was released as the court said that her custody is not required as the gender tests have been conducted.

Pinki Pramanik
Free at last! Pinki Pramanik. File Pic

The chromosomal test report to establish whether Pinki is a male or a female was submitted to the court on Tuesday. The test was necessitated after Pinki was accused of rape.

"Pinki was granted bail today by the court district judge North 24 Parganas on a personal bond of Rs.5,000," Tuhin Roy, the counsel, told IANS.

Reports of a chromosomal test to determine Pramanik's gender are also slated to be submitted before the court by the SSKM Hospital. An 11-member medical board was constituted to conduct the tests.

Pramanik was arrested June 14 and remanded to 14 days' judicial custody by a court June 15 after the athlete's live-in partner, a divorcee and a mother of one, filed a police complaint accusing the athlete of being a male who repeatedly "raped and tortured" her.

Subsequent to the arrest, Pramanik was taken to a private nursing home for a medical check-up where the test reports claimed that the athlete was indeed a male.

Pramanik, however, claimed innocence and said it was a conspiracy.

The Eastern Railway middle-distance runner had won a 4x400m relay gold in the 2006 Doha Asiad and a silver in the same event at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games. Pinki bagged three gold medals in the 2006 SAF Games in Colombo when she won the 400m, 800m and 4x400m relay events.  

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