Pinki accuses live-in partner of theft

Asiad gold medallist runner Pinki Pramanik, accused of being a male and committing rape, Sunday sought police protection and filed a theft complaint against her live-in partner on whose complaint she was arrested in West Bengal 14 June.

'I was out of my house for almost a month and when I returned many of my belongings were missing so I have lodged a police complaint. I have also sought police protection,' said Pramanik, who got bail after spending 26 days in judicial custody in North 24-Parganas district.

'We have received a complaint of theft from Pramanik and we are looking into the matter,' said a police officer.

Pinki, who has denied all charges against her, was critical of the media saying that she was targeted despite being innocent.

'She [her live-in partner] ruined my life by making a false allegation and the media has been projecting her as a victim and targeting me. I am innocent. I am now feeling insecure and apprehensive about my safety and security,' added Pinki.

Pinki was arrested 14 June and remanded to 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 sportsperson of being a male who repeatedly 'raped and tortured' her.

The woman who had alleged Pinki of raping her filed a new case of criminal breach of trust against the former athlete 13 July.

Several medical tests to determine Pinki's gender have been conducted and the reports of these tests have been submitted before a West Bengal court.

Pramanik, who retired from athletics three years ago, won gold in the 4x400 metres women relay at the 2006 Asian Games in Qatar. She was a silver medallist at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games the same year.
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