Tamil Nadu girl, who filed case against Neet, ends life

Posted September 02, 2017

She was found hanging from the ceiling fan in the morning in her house at Kuzhumur village near Sendurai in Ariyalur district.

Chennai: In a shocking incident, a state board student ended her life disappointed over failing to get entrance into a medical college through the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET).

Though she had obtained a seat in aeronautical engineering at the prestigious Madras Institute of Technology, scored only 86 out of 700 in the newly-introduced entrance exam.

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The state was exempted from the NEET system though the Centre had introduced it past year. Her alleged suicide has generated widespread protest and condemnation against state and central governments.

Though the Center had said it would support the Tamil Nadu government if it were to issue an ordinance or executive order that would effectively circumvent NEET, the central government said the opposite in the Supreme Court last week.

While, Kamal Haasan said that he considers Anitha as his own daughter and will raise voice for her. However, on 22 August, after the Centre said Tamil Nadu can not be exempted, the apex court directed it to offer medical college admissions exclusively on the basis of NEET marks. "The BJP government falsely promised that it would provide exemption to Tamil Nadu from NEET, but went back on it during the hearing in the Supreme Court", he said.

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Anitha had earlier said that she was unable to comprehend NEET. "Their efforts were not honest and were aimed at benefitting only students belonging to the upper class", DMK leader M.K. Stalin alleged. The state government is yet to release the break-up of state and other board students who had got admissions based on NEET. "But students get three opportunities, and they should not take drastic steps like these", he said, adding that Anita's family will be adequately compensated. As the opposition demanded health minister C Vijaya Bhaskar's resignation following her death, he expressed shock and claimed that the state did whatever possible to ensure that the state was exempt from NEET. It is widely held that girls like Anitha who appear for the uniform entrance examination come from rural areas where they lack facilities otherwise available for urban students.

While DMK acting president MK Stalin blamed the Modi government and the "non-existent Tamil Nadu government" for the girl's death, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi president Thol Thirumavalavan termed NEET as "anti-poor and anti-rural".

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