KOLKATA: Asian Games gold medallist athlete Pinki Pramanik, described as a male in a police charge sheet which also accused her of rape, told CNN-IBN that she has not done anything wrong and also blamed the police for torturing her.
CNN-IBN quoted her saying: "Everybody who said that they will support me is now keeping quiet. I feel bad about this. I have not anything wrong. Why am I being tortured? I feel like committing suicide. Police is torturing me."
Pinki also said she would file a defamation case against investigators and a government lawyer.
"Very soon I will slap a defamation case against the police and the additional public prosecutor for defaming me and trying to outrage my modesty," said the 26-year-old athlete, who was formally charged Monday following a complaint from her former live-in partner that Pinki was "actually a male" who had "repeatedly raped" her.
Questioning how police got access to her medical report which was supposed to be in the custody of the court, Pinki said: "It is surprising that the police have filed the charge sheet based on the medical report."
She also said the allegations from the complainant seemed to have been accepted in the charge sheet without verification.
"This shows the police are very biased in the case. In fact they have been biased from the very beginning. I will fight my case in the court," said the middle distance runner.
The police document filed in the court of the chief judicial magistrate at Barasat town in North 24 Parganas district cited the opinion of a seven-member medical board constituted to confirm the athlete's gender in June.
Additional Public Prosecutor Santomoy Bose said after the hearing: "I have seen the report...from the doctors' opinion it can be concluded that Pinki is a male."
The charge sheet also accused Pinki of torture, cheating, co-habiting with the promise of marriage and threat to the complainant not to disclose their relationship.