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Pinki denied bail, judicial custody extended

Pinki denied bail, judicial custody extended
A West Bengal court Friday rejected the bail plea of Asiad gold medallist runner Pinki Pramanik, accused of being a male, and sent the athlete to judicial custody till 12 July for alleged rape.

‘The court of chief judicial magistrate, Barasat, (North 24-Parganas) Anita Mathur, rejected the bail plea of Pinki and remanded her to further judicial custody till July 12,’ the athlete’s counsel Tuhin Roy said. The court also allowed the prosecution plea to take Pramanik for a chromosomal test to conclusively determine her gender. The athlete has twice undergone gender determination tests in two different government hospitals but on both the occasions the tests were 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. We have, therefore, requested the court to decide a particular hospital where adequate facilities are available and tests to determine her gender can be ascertained conclusively,’ added Roy.

An 11-member medical board consisting of doctors from SSKM Hospital was constituted and conducted several tests on Pinki 25 June. However, due to the lack of facilities, tests could not be carried out.
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