On Thursday, March 18, early morning the news of Ritika Phogat’s alleged death by suicide shook all the Indian wrestling fans. According to reports, she, who is the cousin of Geeta Phogat and Babita Phogat, took her life by committing suicide by hanging from a ceiling fan on March 17, Wednesday. The heir of the Phogat family, Ritika, participated in the state-level sub-junior and state-level junior women and men wrestling tournament. The final was scheduled on March 14, Sunday, which she lost and committed suicide three days later.
She was a resident of Jaitpur village, situated in the Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan. It was over five years that she had been learning and practicing the sport at the Mahavir Phogat Sports Academy in Haryana. She was trained by Mahavir Singh Phogat, a winner of the Dronacharya Award who was also present at the tournament finale which she lost. The Superintendent of Police (SP) of the Charkhi Dadri district of Haryana, Ram Singh Bishnoi, said in his statement that the investigation for the case has already begun.
Bishnoi said, “Ritika, wrestler, and cousin of Babita Phogat, died allegedly by suicide on March 17. The reason behind it might have been her defeat at a recent wrestling tournament in Rajasthan. Investigation underway."
The death news of Ritika Phogat was first confirmed by the Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways, Vijay Kumar Singh. He put up a tweet on his official social media handle which read, “Terrible news that we lost #RitikaPhogat who had a brilliant career ahead. The world has changed from where it was some decades ago. Athletes are facing pressures that were not there earlier. An essential part of their training should be to deal with these pressures,"
Trainer Mahavir Phogat was an amateur wrestler whose eldest daughter, Geeta, is a freestyle wrestler who won India’s first-ever gold medal in wrestling at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. His younger daughter, Babita, won a silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.