Mumbai: Asian Games silver medallist Santhi Soundarajan's tragic story from being the nations top athlete to a daily wage labourer due to a gender test result made headlines. But what are these 'gender tests'? How exact are these tests that have also been conducted on another athlete Pinki Parmanik?
Pinki burst into the world scene with a stellar performance at the South Asian Games in 2006. Now she's been forced to prove her sex. Pinki Pramanik's contemporary Santhi was stripped off her medals after a failed gender test. The incidents have put the spotlight on 'gender' - a complex physical and social puzzle.
There is no one test that can determine with scientific certainty whether one is a male or a female. In fact a battery of tests are conducted by a group of doctors, which include an endocrinologist, a gynaecologist, an internal medicine expert, an expert on gender and a psychologist, to determine the gender. ...more
08:51 AM, Jul 26, 2012