KOLKATA: After spending 25 days behind bars on charges of raping her live-in girlfriend, athlete Pinki Pramanik was granted bail on Tuesday. The judge virtually exonerated the Asiad gold medallist by saying that preliminary medical reports make it clear Pinki is “not capable of committing rape”.
There was much drama both inside the courtroom and outside. Athlete and former CPM MP Jyotirmoyee Sikdar led a huge crowd at the gates, cheering for Pinki although she was not in court. There were at least 30 sportspersons in the gathering. Inside the courtroom, the 30-year-old complainant fainted after hearing the verdict as those in Pinki’s favour heaved sighs of relief. Trinamool Congress MP Kabir Suman and actress June Maliah visited Pinki in Dum Dum jail.
Nirmal Kumar Ghoshal, the district judge of North 24-Parganas, passed his verdict well before receiving the chromosome test report prepared by the Central Forensic Science Laboratory in Hyderabad. The report was handed to him only in the evening. The medical team appointed to determine Pinki’s gender had filed two preliminary reports after going through her ultrasonography and MRI tests and opined that though Pinki had abnormal genitalia, she does not possess a male organ.
Under the circumstances, Section 376 of IPC, which deals with rape, can’t hold true in this case. The judge was also critical of the complainant. “The judge observed that as the complainant was cohabiting with Pinki for nearly three years, she had consented to the relationship,” said Pinki’s counsel Tuhin Roy.
Source: The Times of India