Gender bending, gender testing: reflections on the Pinki Pramanik case

Vrinda Marwah Marwah

DOI: 10.20529/IJME.2013.010


The arrest and subsequent humiliation of Indian athlete and international medal winner Pinki Pramanik has violated her right to privacy, bodily integrity, and basic human dignity.It has also raised important and often sidelined questions about gender, sports and the way the world is organised.Twenty-six-year-old Pramanik was accused by her live-in partner of repeated rape and torture, and of being a man. She was arrested on June 14, 2012. She was not granted bail for 26 days, which she spent in a male cell in a West Bengal jail, and she had to undergo three gender determination tests at different state hospitals, because the necessary facilities were not available at a single hospital.

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