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SSKM panel for Pinki scan

Pinki Pramanik

An 11-member medical board set up by SSKM Hospital is likely to examine and determine the gender of arrested athlete Pinki Pramanik on Monday, a week after a similar scan at a Barasat hospital proved futile.

The Asian Games gold medallist is facing rape charges brought by a woman, who has also alleged that the athlete is actually male.

The SSKM board, headed by forensic expert Biswanath Kahali, includes a psychologist, a psychiatrist, an endocrinologist, a geneticist, a radiologist and a gynaecologist. There will also be general physicians and general surgeons on the panel but their respective numbers have not yet been decided.

“We received the court order in the morning asking us to examine Pinki and determine her gender. As asked by the court, we have formed a team of doctors that will thoroughly examine Pinki. The report filed by the previous board will have no bearing on our investigation. We will submit our report to the court by Tuesday,” said Tamal Kanti Ghosh, the superintendent of SSKM Hospital.

The allegation that Pinki was a man had prompted the acting chief judicial magistrate of Barasat to order a gender determination test under the supervision of the North 24-Parganas chief medical officer of health.

The officer, Sukanta Seal, had formed a seven-member panel that examined Pinki on Tuesday but failed to come to a conclusion because of a lack of facilities at Barasat District Hospital for hormonal and chromosomal analyses.

“At the Barasat hospital, the doctors had only conducted a routine check-up and an ultrasound test of the lower abdomen. But these are not confirmatory tests,” said a senior doctor at SSKM. “At SSKM, we will conduct blood tests for chromosomal analysis and genetic stereotyping.”