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Athlete Pinki Pramanik declared male, charged with rape

in INDIA, 08/02/2013

After months of speculation over Pinki Pramanik's gender and whether the middle-distance runner was capable of sexual assault, the athlete was on Monday charged with rape. Police filed a chargesheet against the Asian Games gold medal winner on the basis of a DNA test conducted in Hyderabad in June.

Pinki was arrested on June 14 on a rape and assault complaint by a live-in partner. It led to three medical tests that failed to establish the athlete's gender or prove conclusively if the accused was capable of rape. Pinki was later released on bail.

The athlete has now been charged under sections 376 (rape), 417 (impersonation), 420 (cheating), 325 (assault) and 506 (intimidation), 493 (cohabitation caused by a man deceitfully inducing a belief of a lawful marriage). A medical report submitted by cops in a court after investigation classified Pinki as male.

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