After a wait of almost five months, tests have now confirmed that Indian athlete Pinki Pramanik is male. This after the athlete was charged by live-in partner of allegedly raping her, in June.
Before the charge was made, Pramanik was known as an Indian female athlete who had won top honours for India at various athletics events - including a gold medal at the Asian Games. The athlete however came under the spotlight for the wrong reasons - allegedly raping girlfriend, who claimed that Pinki is actually a man.
Pinki was arrested on June 14 in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district, where the athlete has lived for the last few years. After the arrest, Pinki was initially taken to a private nursing home in Barasat under police custody and later to the Barasat General Hospital for gender tests but the reports were inconclusive as the athlete was subsequently referred the SSKM Hospital. Eventually, the chromosome pattern test report (Karyotyping) to determine the gender was received by the hospital.