Prathvi Poojary Suicide Case: A Promising Sports Career Cut Short

Prathvi was found hanging from the ceiling of her room in the college hostel on 27 September 2011.

Published30 Oct 2019, 03:42 AM IST
Sports
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The Principal District and Sessions Court in Udupi is expected to pronounce a verdict in the eight-year-old case involving the death of Prathvi S Poojary – a 17-year-old national level athlete from Karnataka’s Amparu village – on Wednesday, 30 October.

Prathvi, a second-year student at SMS Pre-University College in Brahmavar, was found hanging from the ceiling of her room in the college hostel on 27 September 2011.

Hailing from a remote village and a poor background, Prathvi was a promising athlete specialising in javelin throw. She was a student of Sanjay Gandhi High School and was interested in sports from a very young age, as reported by Times of India.

Such was her keenness to pursue javelin that int he absence non-availability of proper sporting equipment, Prathvi would use sticks instead of javelin. After completing her schooling, she had two offers for PUC, from Alva’s College in Moodbidri and Brahmhavar Sports Club, who had come forward to sponsor her.

A few days before she ended her life, Prithvi had returned from Mandya after participating in the divisional level sports meet. She had won gold in javelin and third prize in the high jump.

She had allegedly took her life when her roommates had gone out of the hostel. The reason behind this drastic step was not clear yet. Police, so far, had booked a youth from Brahmavar named Misban in this connection.

During probing, police found a diary of the victim, in which she had written that Misban’s behaviour led her to take the extreme step. Based on the statement, Misban was booked for abetment to suicide.

Around 25 witnesses have been examined in the eight-year-old case.

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