Alleging a "huge conspiracy" after police filed a chargesheet claiming she was a male, South Asian Games gold medallist athlete Pinki Pramanik Monday said the investigating authorities were trying to force her to commit suicide.
Pinki said that contrary to the police claim, the medical report had concluded that she was incapable of committing rape. However, she said despite requests, she had not been given a copy of the medical report.
"Police have plotted a huge conspiracy against me. They are trying to force me into committing suicide," said Pinki, after police filed a chargesheet in the chief judicial magistrate's court in North 24 Parganas district's Barasat. The chargesheet said Pinki was a male and accused the athlete of raping her live-in partner. The chargesheet was based on the opinion of the seven-member medical board constituted at the state-run SSK Hospital to confirm the athlete's gender in June, following allegations from her live-in partner that she was "actually a male" who had raped her repeatedly.
"As per my knowledge, the board had said I had symptoms of excess male hormones as after-effect of some of the drugs I had taken during my sports career," Pinki said.
The athlete, who was arrested June 14, and remanded in judicial custody the next day after her companion, a divorcee and a mother of one, filed the police complaint alleging rape. After the arrest, Pinki was taken to a private nursing home for a medical check-up where the test reports claimed that the athlete was indeed a male. The athlete was then taken to the Barasat district hospital and finally to the SSK Hospital for the tests. Pinki was granted bail July 10 and released a day later after spending 26 days in judicial custody.