A video clip showing the athlete completely naked went viral on the internet. The former Asiad gold medallist was arrested for alleged rape, the victim claiming that she was male. The 29-second clip was reportedly circulated after Pinki underwent a gender verification test at a private nursing home in North 24 Parganas district where the sprinter was taken subsequent to her arrest June 14.
“I have heard about the video clip, though I am yet to see it. Those responsible for making the clip must be immediately arrested for such a heinous act. The matter needs to be reported to the police but at the moment Pinki is behind bars and no one from her family is available to file a report,” Pinki’s counsel Tuhin Roy said.
Roy said he will raise the matter before the court notice at the next hearing July 12. Meanwhile the police have maintained that they can act only if there is an official complaint. “I spoke to police about the matter but was told that they could only act after a first information report (FIR) is filed.
“I have never been subjected to such humiliation and harassment in my life,” said Pinki after she had to come yet again to the government run SSKM Hospital Monday to give blood samples for a chromosomal test.
Former sportspersons have spoken out against the unfair treatment meted out to the athlete.
“Pinki is women until proven otherwise, but male police officers have been escorting her and at times dragging her out from the van. This is absolutely deplorable,” former national women’s swimming champion Bula Chowdhury said.
Another Asiad gold medalist Jyotirmoyee Sikdar echoing Chowdhury views said: “It is a shame that even after so many days, the test results are inconclusive. Why is she still being kept behind bars?”
The athlete has undergone two gender tests in different hospitals though the reports are still inconclusive.
“In the name of gender test, Pinki is being taken from one hospital to another, which has been causing her mental trauma and physical harassment,” Pramanik’s counsel Tuhin Roy said.
An 11-member medical board consisting of doctors from the government-run SSKM Hospital was constituted and conducted several tests on Pinki June 25. However, due to the lack of facilities, Karyotyping- a chromosomal test- could not be carried out.
The athlete’s June 19 test at another government hospital in North 24 Parganas also was inconclusive, following which the athlete was referred to the SSKM.