TN Dalit student who moved SC against NEET ends life

Geneva Matthews
September 2, 2017

This year too, the State government sought exemption and the Legislative Assembly passed amendments to continue the existing practice in medical college admissions.

The 17-year-old girl, who scored 1176/1200 marks in plus-2 and knocked at the doors of the Supreme Court seeking to exempt students from Tamil Nadu like her from appearing before Neet, breathed her last on Friday afternoon at her village in Kuzhumur.

He said Anitha had scored 196.5 cut-off marks and it would have gained her a seat in one of the best State-run medical colleges.

Her relatives said that Anitha committed suicide because she was not able to get a medical seat. Last week, the Supreme Court rejected all pleas for exemption of Tamil Nadu from the ambit of NEET and asked for counselling to start.

AIADMK spokesperson CR Saraswathi, who supports the TTV Dhinakaran faction in the party, blamed both the central and state governments for Anita's suicide. Though the Central government introduced NEET in 2016, Tamil Nadu was exempted from it. "Anitha had faith in the promise of the government but committed suicide because she could not tolerate the betrayal".

The political parties of Tamil Nadu favoured exemption for students of the state from NEET.

The Class VII student jumped off a neighbour's terrace - which was 25 feet high - in her hometown in Palayamkottai in the Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu. Despite scoring a whopping 1176 out of 1200 in her board exams, she couldn't get the admission in medical college failing to secure enough credit on the NEET exam. State Health Minister Vijayabhaskar expressed grief on Anitha's suicide and appealed to students not to lose hope so easily. "A temporary ban on NEET can only give respect to her death".

Recalling Anitha's visit to the DMK headquarters, where she submitted a representation signed in her blood to him opposing the NEET, Mr. Stalin said she had fallen prey to the "secret understanding" between the State government and the Centre.

"I don't know what NEET is, and my father who has done his best to give me a good education, can not afford NEET coaching classes", Anitha said then. "The Governor has to take immediate action to save Tamil Nadu".

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