An Indian stuntman died today while “attempting to cross the turbulent River Teesta on Sunday in the state of West Bengal on a 180-metre wire above the water,” Agence France Presse reports. Strung up by his hair, no less. Sailendra Nath Roy actually holds the world record for “distance travelled on a zip-line while hanging by his hair,” as per the AFP, but in his attempt to break his own record, his hair held strong—but his heart gave out.
As the AFP reports, “After attaching his shoulder-length hair to a pulley on the zip-line, Roy had completed about half of the distance when his pony-tail became entangled and he found himself unable to move.” Hereby giving ‘bad hair day’ a whole new meaning. “Hundreds of spectators initially cheered him on, but then began screaming in horror when they saw the married father of two sons making increasingly desperate attempts to move forward.” Cuz the last thing you want where your hair is caught in a pulley halfway across a turbulent river is for everybody else to start panicking.
“Preliminary investigations suggest that Roy suffered an heart attack caused by a nervous breakdown after remaining suspended for several minutes,” B.R. Satpathi, who heads West Bengal state’s medical services, told the AFP, whose photog on the scene snapped this harrowing pic:
The owner of a controversial clothing store named after Mein Fuhrer in Vastrapur, India, of all places has created some backlash with his signage—but he’s pleading ignorance, claiming that Hitler was his friend’s grandfather’s nickname, and so he thought that Hitler was just a very strict man. I kid you not:
I suppose it’s only fitting that the store’s owners have “run out of money” in this venture, as they clearly appear to be morally bankrupt as well…
Agence France-Presse is reporting that Indian runner Pinki Pramanik, a member of her country’s gold-medal winning 4×400 relay team at the 2006 Asian Games, “was remanded in custody for 14 days” as she’s about to stand trial for allegedly raping her female partner. But according to the supposed victim, Pinki’s not a lesbian—she’s a man!
“Pinki poses as a woman but is actually a man,” the victim was quoted as saying in Friday’s Calcutta Telegraph. “She would assault me regularly and raped me several times.”
But the former world-class athlete tells a different story. “She has brought false charges against me as I refused to give her 300,000 rupees ($5,400),” Pramanik told reporters from the back of a police van. Sounds like this could be India’s answer to the John Travolta massagecapades or Justin Bieber’s “first time”—another case of someone exploiting a celebrity for a big payoff.
Or is it? “We don’t know whether it was a case of being male physically or hormonal change over a period of time which can happen,” Athletics Federation of India secretary C.K. Valson told the Press Trust of India news agency. The AFP also notes “Gender controversies are often caused by Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH) when females have male physical characteristics or Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (AIS), when someone is genetically male but their genitals may appear to be female.” And here I thought AIS was an insurance company…
In any case, this tabloid-selling saga isn’t bound to affect India’s chances for a medal in London. Pramanik retired from competition in 2007.