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Out of jail, Pinki says she was framed

Asian Games gold medallist athlete Pinki Pramanik, who was accused of being a male and committing rape, was Wednesday released after 26 days in a West Bengal jail. She alleged harassment in police custody and said everything was ‘pre-planned’ and that she was ‘framed’.

Pinki came out of a correctional home in North 24-Parganas district after getting bail a day earlier. ‘An MMS clip of my medical examination, showing me in the nude, went viral online. All was pre-planned,’ the athlete said.

Pinki, in judicial custody since 15 June, was granted bail by the district and sessions judge of North 24-Parganas.

‘Even Sita Mai had to give agnipariksha [trial by fire]. So, I thought I was also undergoing an agniparksha,’ Pinki told media persons soon after coming out of the correctional home, as jails are called in the state.

Asked who all were involved in the conspiracy, Pinki said: ‘I was in jail. I don't know. I will talk to my lawyer first.' She will consult her lawyers for taking a legal course of action.

Fellow Asian Games gold medal winning athlete Jyotirmoyee Sikdar gave a welcome hug to Pinki. The mood was of relief and joy as Pinki was garlanded.

Pinki was arrested 14 June and remanded in judicial custody by a court the next day after the athlete's live-in partner, a divorcee and a mother of one, filed a police complaint accusing the sports person of being a male who repeatedly ‘raped and tortured’ her.

‘I was framed. [The complainant] used to do my chores. She had demanded money from me long back, but I did not give. So, all this was done in connivance with the police,’ the athlete said.
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