National-level handball player commits suicide

While on one hand India is celebrating Sakshi Malik and PV Sindhu’s medals at the Rio Olympics and praising what India’s daughters have achieved, on the other hand a National-level female Handball player Pooja(20) committed suicide in Punjab. She was a student of BA-II and her body was found hanging in her room yesterday morning.

In a suicide note addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Pooja wrote that she had to end her life since she was poor and was denied free hostel facility by the Khalsa College authorities. She also urged PM Modi to ensure that underprivileged girls like her should be provided free education facility.

In the four-page suicide note that was handed over to police by her family, Pooja also held her coach responsible for her death. “He was the one who refused to give me a hostel room and forced me to commute from my house everyday. This will cost me Rs. 3,720 per month. My father cannot afford this,” the note read. Pooja’s father has filed a case against the coach.

Though ending one’s own life because of difficult situations is equivalent to a crime yet amidst all the joys of Olympics, this news is a shocking one and it raises many questions over the Sports Authority of India. Why are the National-level players given importance only when they bring us a medal?


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