Justice for Pinki Pramanik
  • Petitioned NHRC of India, West Bengal State Police & Sports Authority of India

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NHRC of India, West Bengal State Police & Sports Authority of India

Justice for Pinki Pramanik

    1. Georgina Maddox
    2. Petition by

      Georgina Maddox

      New Delhi, India

To the National Human Rights Commission of India, the West Bengal State Police and the Sports Authority of India:

On Thursday 14 June, 2012 Pinki Pramanik, Asian Games gold medalist athlete, was formally arrested by Baguiati Police on the charge of being a male and held for alleged rape. Since then Pinki has been isolated from both support groups and her own family. She was not allowed to meet her father or interact with various human rights groups that have reached out to her like Kolkata based activist group Sappho for Equality in spite of repeated pleas by Pinki for intervention. During her time in
custody, Pinki has refused to undergo gender tests without due diligence.

However, on Saturday, 16 June, an unauthorized gender test was conducted on Pinki in a private clinic after which the police called a press conference declaring her a male. During this test, there were no women police, nor a state gynecologist, endocrinologist or counselors present. In all sex determination tests, it is mandatory to have at least two of the above mentioned. After this gross violation of human
rights, Pinki was prejudged guilty by the way she has been treated and paraded before the media.

Pinki continues to insist that she is a woman and has appealed to be treated as such until proven otherwise.

She is now to appear for a second gender test and we the undersigned demand that these violations be brought to a complete halt.

Though it is common practice in the field of sports to subject people who are "suspected" to be of indeterminate gender to "gender checks/tests", we condemn the practice due to the fact that it de-humanises the person concerned and is a gross violation of the individual's right to dignity and life. If however, Pinki must be subjected to these tests in order to continue her career as an athlete, we insist that you ensure they are done with her full consent and also in the presence of woman police, a female counsellor, familiar with issues of intersex, trans-gender people,
endocrinologist, gynaecologist as is mandatory.

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    1. The Trauma of Life Outside Gender Norms

      Georgina Maddox
      Petition Organizer

      Highlighting the insensitivity of the media and the police

    2. FINALLY THE TRUTH IS OUT!

      Georgina Maddox
      Petition Organizer

      KOLKATA: Pinki Pramanik's former live-in partner said on Friday she had brought rape charges against the Asian games gold medallist at the behest of Avtar Singh, a power broker and husband of Jyotirmoyee Sikdar, one of Bengal's most celebrated athletes and a former CPM MP.

    3. Reached 250 signatures
    4. The latest update from the Sappho Team

      Georgina Maddox
      Petition Organizer

      Dear all,
      Yesterday, 20th June, Sumita, Kaushik and Payoshni went to Dumdum Correctional Home to meet Pinki. The copy of the letter written by Kaushik and Payoshni were submitted for approval of the meeting. After waiting for a considerable period of time, the Superintendent himself came out and informed that he has personally spoken to Pinki and she is not willing to meet Payoshni and anyone else except her own local lawyer or family members. He also showed us a small note written by Pinki stating the she doesn't want to meet us.

    5. The latest update from the Sappho Team

      Georgina Maddox
      Petition Organizer

      But we further insisted to show her the photograph of Pinki and Poyshni which was taken at Pinki's house when Poyshni met her earlier. The Superintendent, most politely, again took the photograph inside but returned with another endorsement by Pinki stating that she doesn't want to meet. Upon questioning the Superintendent further informed that Pinki was able to recognize Poyshni and after recognizing her, has expressed her unwillingness to meet her.

      In view of the aforesaid fact we are not in a position to extend our support till Pinki voluntarily seeks help. However we as a human rights organization will continue to address the issue through different programmes to raise awareness amongst the public in general and to sensitize the media and the police.

      In solidarity

      Sappho Team

    6. Finally we get to hear the parent's side of the tale

      Georgina Maddox
      Petition Organizer

      Gender controversy: Run, Pinki Pramanik run
      TNN | Jun 20, 2012, 03.28AM IST
      KOLKATA: "She's my daughter". This cry from the mother of an athlete accused of misrepresenting her gender brings up the heart-breaking trauma of this family.

      Pushparani Pramanik and husband Durga Charan have travelled 300 kilometres from their village in Bengal's Purulia district to Kolkata to defend their daughter, Asiad gold medalist sprinter Pinki Pramanik. But defending Pinki isn't going to be easy. Not in a male dominated society with bigoted notions of sex and sexuality.

      And even determining her gender, as a medical board has been tasked with, won't be simple either.

    7. Sappho's continued efforts

      Georgina Maddox
      Petition Organizer

      Today, 20 June, 2012, Kaushik, along with two of our members is on the way to the Dumdum Central Correctional Home with a hope to meet Pinki.

      By this time, we received information from our local lawyer at Barasat that two applications were moved by Pinki's local lawyers, one praying for bail, the other challenging the authenticity of the medical tests. Till 7: 00 p.m. of 19th , no orders were passed. Our local lawyer has ascertained that the proceeding has been instituted against Pinki under Sections 417/376/325/506 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860. The next date for production is on 29.06.12.

      Will keep on updating you accordingly.

      Sappho Team

    8. Sappho's continued efforts

      Georgina Maddox
      Petition Organizer

      Thereafter, we went to meet Mr Ranvir Kumar, IPS, Inspector General (Correctional Services), West Bengal at the Writers Building. There we submitted two applications, one from Payoshni and other from Kaushik, with a request to meet Pinki on 20 June, 2012. Both the letters were duly received.

    9. Sappho's continued efforts

      Georgina Maddox
      Petition Organizer

      On 19th June, 2012 again two of our members reached Dumdum Central Correctional Home along with Payoshni Mitra, Consultant researcher (Women in Sports) who knows Pinki for last three years and who flew down from U.K that morning to meet Pinki. When Pinki was being taken for medical examination, in spite of the police resistance, we were able to convey to her that we are from Sappho and we want to give her support. We reached Barasat Govt. Hospital following the Police van but there also we were not allowed to meet or interact with her. Yes.. today we have seen female police personnel with her.

    10. Sappho's continued efforts

      Georgina Maddox
      Petition Organizer

      On 18th June, two of our members went to visit Pinki at the Dumdum Central Correctional Home along with vakalatnamas and a letter of request from Kaushik addressed to the Superintendent of the Home for granting permission to have the valkalatnams signed. However, in spite of waiting for several hours, we were not allowed to visit Pinki on the pretext that the Superintendent of the Home was in Barrackpore Court and in his absence nothing can be done.

    11. And so the 'experts' have spoken

      Georgina Maddox
      Petition Organizer

      Aggressiveness a symptom: Experts
      Prithvijit Mitra, TNN Jun 16, 2012, 04.06AM IST

      Tags:
      Pinki Pramanik|Congenital adrenal hyperplasia|Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome
      KOLKATA: Sudden aggression and a tendency to lapse into a fit of rage, often prompting an individual to launch a brutal physical assault are typical to patients of Congenital Adrenal Hyperplacia (CAH), according to experts.

      Triggered by a hyper-secretion of male hormone adrenalin, the condition is classified as a form of Disorder of Sexual Differentiation (DSD) and leads females to develop male physical attributes and behaviour. CAH patients were also likely to suffer from severe bouts of depression or euphoria since they considered themselves 'different' and often had no acceptability in society. The traits are similar to that of Pinki Pramanik, say experts who was arrested for an assault on her partner and remanded in jail custody for 14 days on Friday.

    12. Kolkata: Pinki Pramanik gender test inconclusive

      Georgina Maddox
      Petition Organizer

      HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
      Kolkata, June 19, 2012 Asian Games gold medallist Pinki Pramanik's gender determination test on Tuesday remained inconclusive. The 26-year-old athlete was arrested and order to undergo the test after her live-in partner alleged rape and also accused Pramanik of being a man.

      Chief medical officer
      (health) of North 24 Parganas Sukanto Sil has now referred the athlete to the “better-equipped” SSKM Hospital in Kolkata.

      The Barasat district hospital, where the athlete took the test, did not have facilities for chromosome and hormone tests, Sil said. X-ray, scan and blood samples could also not be taken because of lack of proper facilities.

      “There was ambiguity in the reports we got. We did the ultrasonography, but all the tests could not be done,” Sil said after Pramanik's medical tests that went on for nearly three hours.

      Subsequent to Pramanik's arrest on Thursday, she was taken to a private nursing home for a medical check-up where the test reports

    13. Reached 200 signatures
    14. Some clarifications and updates

      Georgina Maddox
      Petition Organizer

      Part II
      We know that very often when we go as women to lodge even an FIR against someone who is clearly a man who has harassed or molested us then we are discouraged and further taunted and humiliated. I wish they would be so prompt in arresting men when they rape women! The truth of the matter is that they do not. But in this case, the way the police have pounced on and incarcerated Pinki and the way the media has sensationalized this case indicates clearly that they have done so because the person concerned is not conforming to gender norms in the way she looks, dresses or appears.

      The police's actions in this matter are a full display of chauvinistic homophobia and gender ignorance. It is this biased and dangerous response that we want to attack via this petition.

      Cheers to all of you
      Georgina Maddox
      Shalini Krishan

    15. Some clarifications and updates

      Georgina Maddox
      Petition Organizer

      Dear all,
      The signatures are coming in thick and fast and while this is fantastic, we have been reading some of the comments here and want to respond to them and clarify the stand we have taken.

      We are NOT in any way condoning domestic violence by supporting Pinki during these proceedings. At the moment she has been accused of rape, but it is still only an accusation, not a fact. What we are protesting against is the way THE POLICE have behaved, in an arbitrary manner to manhandle, arrest and isolate Pinki. It is evident in the way they are handling the case that they are assuming that Pinki is already guilty of both accusations against her -- though there has been no evidence or due process.

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    16. Pinki Pramanik undergoes medical test, result tomorrow

      Georgina Maddox
      Petition Organizer

      It points out that the test was indeed conducted at a private hospital and moreover it does not name this secret board of six people who conducted the gender test. Were they qualified to do a gender test? It says that Pinki willingly agreed for the test when in fact she agreed under duress of arrest, of being put in a cell with other men and not being allowed to meet human rights activists. Where is Pinki's own voice?

    17. Reached 100 signatures

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    • Bhushan Malgaonkar MUMBAI, INDIA
      • about 2 years ago

      police highhandedness to victimise any human should not be tolerated.

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    • Avik Kumar Maitra KOLKATA, INDIA
      • over 2 years ago

      Because it's the least I can do to protest the conversion of India into a police state.

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    • rupa gupta NOIDA, INDIA
      • over 2 years ago

      Pinki's human rights violation by the police, supported by state agencies is not just scary but absolutely shocking. And incarcerating her , even before ascertaining the nature of her biological sex (which according to preliminary medical reports states that Pinki is"not capable of committing rape") is even more horryifying. .

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    • Sipra Mukherjee KOLKATA, INDIA
      • over 2 years ago

      In the hope that we can move towards a better-informed and more sensitive society. Little knowledge= easy opinions= insensitivity

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    • Narendranath Mitra HOWRAH, INDIA
      • over 2 years ago

      nobody has right to create a public circus out of someone's very private issue and also humiliate a talented individual who has achieved something great for the country.

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