Ritika Phogat lost a wrestling tournament on March 14 and was found dead at her uncle's residence. The reason behind her death is being investigated.
Union Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways, VK Singh, confirming the news, tweeted that athletes face a lot of pressure and that an essential part of their training should involve dealing with such stress.
India Today reported Superintendent of Police Ram Singh Bishnoi, Charkhi Dadri district saying, "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 police investigation has not been concluded even though initial reports suggest that Phogat could not cope with her failure in a wrestling match which prompted her to take the step. It is also not clear if Phogat died on the night of March 15 or 17. SP Bishnoi stated it to be March 17, while Station House Officer(SHO) Dilbagh Singh of Charkhi Dadri district told Indian Express she died on the night of March 15.
The reports on the death were published only by the morning of March 18.