Tripura U-19 Cricketer Ayanti Reang Commits Suicide

In a shocking incident, a promising female cricketer Ayanti Reang, a member of Tripura’s U-19 as well as U-23 teams, ended her life by hanging from the branch of a tree near her home in native Tainani village under Garzi block on Monday night.

 

Ayanti Reang

As per the news published in tripuraonline.com, Ayanti was suffering from depression past few days over the lack of opportunity to play and practice cricket. She hated being confined in her home. The sources also confirmed that Ayanti had a heated argument with her family members and was ill-treated by her father.

Ayanti was only 16, studying in 10th Standard, and couldn’t bear the emotions. Taking this to heart the young girl quietly left her home at the night and hanged herself to death from a nearby tamarind tree with her chest cloth (Orna). When Ayanti’s hanging body was seen in the morning by villagers there was shocking disbelief among all including her wailing parents. Ayanti was cremated in the afternoon.

“She was an outstanding cricketer and fast bowler and members of the state’s under-19 and under-23 teams; in club football also she played for Champamura club; we had lot of expectations from Ayanti but why she ended her young life at this age is a mystery; it is really shocking and beyond belief,” said Ayanti’s first coach Debabhakti Jamatya and secretary of Tripura cricket association (TCA) Timir Chanda.

The youngest of four siblings, Reang was a student of class X. She hailed from the Reang tribe of Tainani village, which falls under the Udaipur subdivision located about 90 kilometers from state capital Agartala.

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There is no indication yet about the young player having faced any mental health issues. Chanda, when asked about the same, said, “She was doing perfectly fine till last season, and then everything was closed because of the lockdown. We conducted some online classes but we were not aware of her family problems.”

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