Ex-Indian runner Pinki Pramanik accused of rape

NEW DELHI Fri Jun 15, 2012 1:43pm IST

India's Pinki Pramanik competes in the women's 400m finals at the 15th Asian Games in Doha December 10, 2006. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen/Files

India's Pinki Pramanik competes in the women's 400m finals at the 15th Asian Games in Doha December 10, 2006.

Credit: Reuters/Jerry Lampen/Files

Related Topics

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - An Indian runner who won a gold medal in the women's 4x400m relay at the 2006 Asian Games has been arrested on rape charges levelled by a woman who claims the former athlete is actually a man, Indian police said on Friday.

Pinki Pramanik was arrested on Thursday following the complaint lodged by the woman who said she was the live-in partner of the athlete, Subrata Bandopadhyay, a deputy commissioner with West Bengal police, said.

"In her complaint, the woman levelled rape charges against Pramanik. She said they have been living together for quite a while," Bandopadhyay told Reuters by phone.

Police have obtained a court order for a medical test to prove Pramanik's gender, Bandopadhyay said, even though the former athlete is opposing it.

"I have undergone numerous tests in my career as an athlete. Why should I agree to more ridiculous tests?" she was quoted as saying by Times of India newspaper.

Another 2006 Asian Games medallist, Santhi Soundarajan, was stripped of the women's 800 metres silver medal after failing a gender test and the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) is shocked at the possibility of a second such embarrassment.

"It's a tricky situation now and we are waiting for an official report on her medical test," AFI secretary C.K. Valson told Reuters on Friday.

"We can't take any decision unless we have the report with us."

However, Valson was not sure if Pramanik risked losing her medals even if medical tests went against her.

"I don't think she can be stripped of the medals she won six years back. A lot of physical changes can take place in those six years," Valson said by phone.

"We never had any such complaint against her when she was an active athlete and naturally there was no question of subjecting her to a gender test.

"You can't put an athlete through gender test unless and until another athlete has accused her of being a male," added the AFI official.

(Editing by Nick Mulvenney)

FILED UNDER:
Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

Iron Ore Mining

REUTERS SHOWCASE

Tracking Markets

Tracking Markets

Sensex, Nifty surge to record high; Sesa gains  Full Article 

TCS-Mitsubishi

TCS-Mitsubishi

TCS, Mitsubishi to form software services company  Full Article 

Telecom Sector

Telecom Sector

RIL telecoms unit in tower lease pact with ATC  Full Article 

Japanese Economy

Japanese Economy

Japan exports growth slows sharply, keeps pressure on BOJ to act  Full Article 

A Tough Sell

A Tough Sell

Insurance against a China financial crisis  Full Article 

Tyre Debris

Tyre Debris

Bangalore-bound Malaysia Airlines plane turns back after tyre burst on takeoff  Full Article 

Digital Currency

Digital Currency

At Mt. Gox bitcoin hub, 'geek' CEO sought both control and escape  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage