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HindustanTimes Thu,18 Sep 2014

Failing to get admission in BA due to poverty, hockey player ends life

Neeraj Mohan, Hindustan Times  Sangrur, August 09, 2014
First Published: 09:39 IST(9/8/2014) | Last Updated: 11:16 IST(10/8/2014)

Failing to get admission due to poor financial condition of the family, national-level hockey player Rajvinder Kaur, 20, ended her life by jumping before a train on Wednesday.

Talking to the Hindustan Times, Rajvinder’s father Surinder Singh said Rajvinder wanted to get admission in BA second year, but the economic condition of the family was very bad and it could not arrange admission fee for her. She got upset, following which she took the extreme step.

According to family members, on August 5, Rajvinder went out of her house, but did not come back even during the night. The next day, the family got the information that she had committed suicide by jumping before the Hisar-Ludhiana train near the Nilowal crossing.

The four-time participant of the state-level hockey tournament, Rajvinder was the youngest among three daughters of Surinder Singh, who is a daily wager. According to family members, Rajvinder had also played in the Junior National Hockey Championship.
 
Surinder said, “Rajvinder was a very talented girl, she was also good in studies and wanted to become a police officer.”

“She started playing hockey in her childhood. At the age of 10, she won her first medal in a school tournament,” he said, adding, “I think, my poverty and the government’s negligence were equally responsible for her death.”

However, the family members also accused the state government of neglecting talented players, especially girls, saying, “Had the state government helped us, my daughter would have been alive today.”

When contacted Government Railway Police ASI Jagwinder Singh said, “We found her dead body in two pieces near the railway track at Nilowal crossing on August 5. Then we informed the local police, her family members identified her next day. As she jumped before the train it was a suicide. After the handing over the body to the family, we have registered a case under section 174 CrPC”, he added. However, the Sunam police expressed ignorance about the suicide.

“I don’t know anything about this case, as the police do not have any information about it,” said Sunam city police station in-charge Jatinder Pal Singh.

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