TN Dalit student who moved SC against NEET ends life

Posted September 02, 2017

The Tamil Nadu government hadn't revised their syllabus for NEET exams which made students of the state lose out against those from CBSE and other boards.

According to reports, Anitha had secured 1176 marks out of 1200 in her Class XII State board examinations.

Amid outpouring emotions and sentiments, leaders of various political parties in Tamil Nadu, including actors Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan, today expressed shock and grief over the suicide of young girl Anitha over not getting a medical seat due to the NEET.

PMK leader S. Ramadoss said society should hang its head in shame for its failure to prevent the death of Anitha, who would have entered one of the top medical colleges in the State if the marks scored in the Plus Two examinations were followed for admission. The EPS government in particular, had given false hopes about getting a last minute exemption from the Centre through an ordinance which failed to cross the legal hurdle when the Centre backed out saying only one state can not be given exemption. Her father is a daily wage labourer. Students do get three attempts for NEET. She would have qualified for MBBS had admissions been held on the basis of Plus Two marks.

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Until previous year, admissions in medical colleges in Tamil Nadu used to be exclusively based on the Plus two score, however, on August 22, the SC directed the state government to complete counselling process for medical admissions in the State on the basis of the NEET merit list by September 4. Anitha, who filed a case against the NEET in the Supreme Court reportedly killed herself for not being able to get through the entrance.

Eventually, the Centre agreed to extend the exemption for one more year provided Tamil Nadu government passed a resolution.

On August 22, the SC rejected a plea by Tamil Nadu students to exempt them from taking the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for admissions to medical college this year. "My condolences to her family". The state government is yet to release the break-up of state and other board students who had got admissions based on NEET.

Police in India have charged a 26-year-old schoolteacher with "abetment of suicide" after a 12-year-old girl took her own life Monday as a result of consistent harassment which culminated in "period-shaming" in front of her classmates.