Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Friday exonerated Asian Games gold medalist Pinki Pramanik of charges of rape and cheating against her brought by a woman who was her live-in partner.
Justice Subrata Talukdar quashed the charges of rape and cheating against Pramanik who was accused by the woman in June 2012 and subsequently arrested. The complaint against Pramanik by her live-in partner Anamika Acharya was that she was a male and had a physical relationship with her after promising to marry her.
Pinki Pramanik (centre). File Pic/AFP
Charges were framed against the athlete on the basis of the woman's complaint under sections 376 (rape) and 418 (cheating) of IPC by the Barasat court sessions judge.
Challenging this, Pramanik had moved the high court in late 2013 and prayed for quashing of the charges against her.
Her counsel Kaushik Gupta submitted before Justice Talukdar that medical examination conducted on her proved that she was a woman.
Gupta stated before the court that under Indian law only a man can be accused of rape and as such charges of rape and cheating against Pramanik be quashed.
The prosecution opposed the plea of Pramanik.Justice Talukdar quashed the proceedings against Pramanik after hearing both the parties.
Freed of rape charge, Pinki seeks punishment for complainant
Kolkata: Relieved at the High Court's order to drop rape charges against her, Asian Games gold medallist Pinki Pramanik has sought justice and said the complainant should be punished for tarnishing her image.
"Now that I've been proved innocent I want to know what punishment should be given to the woman who dragged me into all this," Pinki, who is employed in the Eastern Railway Sealdah, told PTI.
The former middle distance runner was accused by her live-in partner Anamika Acharya of being a male and raping her
that led to Pinki's arrest on June 14, 2012 and an order for medical examination to confirm the gender was issued.
"It was really humiliating to go from one hospital to another for the (sex determination) test with all media attention. It has tarnished my reputation. Many a time, people would taunt at me."
"But all the way, I had firm belief on the law and ignored what people said. I knew I was innocent. The day has finally come. The judgement is a reply to all those who had pointed fingers at me," she said.
She also thanked her well wishers who stood by her during this period. "Now I think the time has come to return to the track again," the champion athlete added.