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Pinki Pramanik's gender identity still ambiguous

in INDIA, 23/06/2012

The seven-member medical team that conducted a gender determination test on 2006 Asian Games gold medallist Pinki Pramanik on Tuesday said she has both male and female reproductive organs.

"We conducted ultrasonography and several other medical tests on Pramanik. But her gender identity has been quite ambiguous. We have found both male and female reproductive organs on her body parts," a member of the medical team told Mail Today on Tuesday.

He said the medical board has already sent the initial report to the Barasat court through the police.

"We have requested the court to carry out two different tests (hormonal and chromosomal) on Pinki at the state-run SSKM hospital as the Barasat hospital where the medical examination was done did not have adequate infrastructure for such tests," he added.

The doctor said that Pramanik helped the medical board members to carry out all the tests.

"It was somewhat similar to a transgender as a result of which we could not arrive at any conclusion and suggest two more tests to determine her actual gender identity," another doctor said on condition of anonymity.

Earlier, a West Bengal district court gave two weeks' judicial custody to the former athlete, who was arrested for allegedly torturing and attempting to rape a woman. Pinki was produced in Barasat court in North 24 Parganas district last Friday. The court has also ordered the district administration to form a medical board, led by the district chief medical officer of health (CMOH), to carry a gender determination test on the athlete.

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