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Anitha suicide: Death of Medical aspirant erupts protest in Tamil Nadu

Anitha suicide: Death of Medical aspirant erupts protest in Tamil Nadu
Written by Pallavi Parmar

Anitha suicide spearheaded the fight against Neet based medical examinations in the Supreme Court. The protesters on Anitha Suicide across the state demanding the immediate withdrawal of the entrance exam. The teenage Dalit girl Anitha 17-year-old medical aspirant was reportedly upset after she came to know that Tamil Nadu will not be exempted from the ambit NEET. Anitha the daughter of daily-wage labourer has scored 1,176 marks out of 1,200 in Class XII while 199.75 out of 200 for engineering and 196.75 for medicine. However, according to her family, she just managed to score approximately 86 per cent in the NEET and then she decided to move to the apex court against the implementation of NEET for the medical courses admissions.

On Friday she took this extreme step of committing suicide at her home in Ariyalur district near Trichy. And her death came nine days after when the top court directed Tamil Nadu to follow NEET for admissions to medical courses also to finish the counselling process by September 4. Anitha wanted to become a doctor and she has scored highest marks. As per her family, she also rejected an offer to join the aeronautical engineering course at the Madras Institute of Technology.

This suicide led to the wailing protest that was organised by women members of pro-Tamil ‘Naam Tamizhar Katchi’ at Palayamkottai. While the AIADMK leader TTV Dinakaran also asked the Centre to cancel NEET examinations in the interest of Tamil Nadu students. On the other hand, senior AIADMK leader M Thambidurai said his party was not in favour of NEET and expressed regret over Anitha committing suicide. A protest marks the amidst slogans against the NEET and the Centre also on Saturday hundreds pay last respects to Anitha at her Ariyalur village.

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