An Asian Games gold medallist athlete, Pinki Pramanik who was last week accused of raping her partner and being male, has had a video showing her completely naked and undergoing tests at a private nursing home go viral online.
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 following her arrest on June 14th.
Following the accusation from her partner, she was suspended by the Eastern Railway, with whom the athlete worked as a ticket collector because of the ongoing case.
Pramanik was arrested and remanded to 14 days' judicial custody by a court 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. The scandal has rocked India.
"The court has ordered to conduct the test by June 29. We are trying to convince the athlete to go for the medical examination. We will take the sportsperson for the test on Monday at a government hospital," Rajib Kumar, commissioner of police for Bidhannagar, in North 24-Parganas, told IANS.
Following the arrest, Pramanik was taken to a private nursing home for a medical check-up where the test reports showed that the former athlete was indeed a male.
She won gold in the 4x400 metres relay at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha in Qatar. She was also a silver medallist at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games the same year.
Pramanik retired from athletics three years ago and is now a ticket collector with Eastern Railways. She has claimed that the case is a conspiracy against her.
Speaking about the video, her solicitor Tuhin Roy said "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," he told IANS.