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Rest in Peace Choti Behen: Geeta and Ritu Phogat Mourn the Death of Sister Ritika

Geeta, Ritika and Ritu Phogat (Photo Credit: Twitter)

Geeta, Ritika and Ritu Phogat (Photo Credit: Twitter)

Geeta Phogat and Ritu Phogat took to social media to mourn the death of their sister Ritika, who died by suicide

Geeta and Ritu Phogat took to social media to mourn the passing of their sister Ritika, who died by suicide.

According to reports, Ritika Phogat took part in the state-level sub-junior, junior women, and men wrestling competition at Lohagarh Stadium in Bharatpur, which was held between 12 to 14 March.

In the final, played on 14 March, Ritika lost by just a single point and the wrestler could not ‘bear’. She hanged herself at around 11 in the night to take her life. She was 17 years of age
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“May my younger sister give peace to the soul of my maternal uncle’s girl Ritika. It is a very sad time for my family. Ritika was a very promising wrestler, I do not know why she took such a step. Winning and losing is a part of a player’s life. We should not take any such step,” Geeta Phogat tweeted.

“Rest in Peace choti behen Ritika. I still can’t believe what just happened with you Will miss you forever. Om Shanti,”  Ritu Phogat tweeted.

“May the soul of Lord Ritika rest in peace. This time is a time of great sorrow for the whole family. Suicide is not a solution. Both defeat and victory are important aspects of life. The loser also wins one day. Conflict is the key to success, no such step should be taken by being afraid of conflicts,” Babita tweeted.

“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,” Haryana Police DSP Ram Singh Bishnoi.

Geeta and Babita had won gold and silver at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Geeta was the first female wrestler from India to win gold while Babita went on to win gold at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Their cousin Vinesh Phogat is the top ranked 53kg wrestler in the world and an Asian Games gold medallist. Vinesh is also a favourite to win a medal at this year’s Tokyo Olympics.

Ritu won gold at the 2016 Commonwealth Wrestling Championship before embarking on a career in mixed martial artist where she holds a 4-0 record in the ONE Championship.

Bollywood even dedicated a blockbuster Dangal on the struggles and achievements of the Phogat siblings.

(With inputs from IANS)

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first published:March 18, 2021, 11:53 IST