TN student who fought against NEET kills self

Posted September 02, 2017

Anitha, who lost her mother early, has four siblings.

When senior advocate Nalini Chidambaram moved the Supreme Court against NEET recently, representing Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) students seeking admissions to medical courses on the basis of NEET scores, Anitha, a Tamil Nadu board student, impleaded herself as a respondent.

According to an NDTV report, the Centre told the court that it can't back Tamil Nadu's ordinance as it would encourage other states to ignore NEET.

Union Minister and PMK leader Anbumani Ramadoss has blamed the central and the state governments after such a pathetic incident took place on Friday.

While, Kamal Haasan said that he considers Anitha as his own daughter and will raise voice for her.

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This came after the NEET, which was made mandatory for admission in the MBBS and the BDS courses across India a year ago, got separate petitions filed at the Madras and Gujarat High Courts, where medical aspirants demanded cancellation of the NEET 2017 as the Gujarati and Tamil medium paper were allegedly tougher than the English and Hindi medium.

In the suicide note accessed by The News Minute, she said: "Did I ever get reported when I was in Class VI?"

Her suicide sparked a few protests across Tamil Nadu by student organisations and representatives of Dalit parties. She was upset over not being able to get a seat in a medical college. The rural students also lack the economic wherewithal to equip themselves for the common entrance test As the opposition demanded health minister C.Vijaya Bhaskar's resignation following Anitha's death, he expressed "pain" and "shock".

The Supreme Court's decision brought a setback for the students hoping relief from the NEET exams. He claimed the state government did whatever possible to exempt the state from NEET and has advised students not to resort to extreme steps. Her family said she was found hanging. "Their efforts were not honest and were aimed at benefitting only students belonging to the upper class", DMK leader M.K. Stalin alleged.

He said those who should fight against NEET were indulging in horse trading, in a veiled reference to the divide in the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam. "If Amma (Jayalalithaa) was alive, she would have saved the State from the injustice of the NEET", he said.