Out of jail, Pinki Pramanik breaks silence, says 'being framed'
New Delhi: A day after Kolkata court granted her bail in a rape case, Asian Games gold medalist Pinki Pramanik said on Wednesday that she has been framed.
The retired middle-distance runner was released from Dum Dum Central Jail of Kolkata today after being in judicial custody for almost a month.
"My roommate used to blackmail me over my photographs and now she framed me." "I will consult my lawyer and decide my next course of action. I have been framed and that woman is still trying to frame me," Pramanik said.
"I will never forget the days spent in jail," she said.
"I was treated like an animal in hospital that administered gender test," Pramanik told reporters after her release.
Meanwhile, the Bengal sports fratnerity demanded punishement for those who are guilty of mistreating the athlete as they hailed court's decision to grant bail to Pinki.
Pinki was arrested on June 14 after she was accused of being a male by her live-in partner, a 30-year-old estranged woman, who also alleged that she was raped by the athelete.
She was in judicial custody till July 12. Pinki, after her arrest, was initially taken to a private nursing home in Barasat under police custody and later to the Barasat General Hospital for gender tests but the reports were inconclusive and the athlete was subsequently referred the SSKM Hospital. But gender of the athlete could not be determined at the state-run hospital as the facility for the chromosome pattern test was unavailable.
A PIL was moved in the Calcutta High Court on July 6 alleging inhuman torture on the athelete. The West Bengal Human Rights Commission also stepped in, directing the home, health and police departments to inquire into the alleged "inhuman torture" on the athlete in police and jail custody.