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TN Girl Who Filed Case Against NEET, Commits Suicide:- After failing to make it to a medical college due to the NEET fiasco, Plus-2 topper Anitha (17) hanged herself at her home in Ariyalur. Her dream of becoming a medical practitioner to serve the poor was brutally cut short on Friday afternoon. She breathed her last at her village in Kuzhumur.
The girl, who hailed from a Dalit family, knocked at the doors of the Supreme Court seeking to exempt students from Tamil Nadu like her from appearing before NEET. She scored 1176/1200 marks in plus-2. Despite securing an impressive cut-off of 196.75 out of 200, Anitha could not land in a medical college. The only reason behind this since the counseling was conducted based only on the score in NEET. Due to lack of coaching, she did not perform well.
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Anitha pleaded before the Supreme Court through a lawyer that her plus-2 marks should be the sole criteria for getting admission into medical college. The young girl’s impressive score in plus-2 did not come that easy. At a very young age, she had lost her mother while her father is a daily wage laborer. Anitha was brought up by her paternal grand mother at their modest house, which even lacked basic sanitation facilities like a toilet.
Ever since the medical counseling started last week, her family member said she was upset and not interacting with anyone. “She was keeping to herself for more than a week. She always wanted to become a doctor and we too encouraged by her calling her Dr Anitha every time we used to address us. It is quite hard to believe that she is no more. We will miss her,” a close relative said.
Anitha’s father and relatives resorted to a road roko at Senthurai near Ariyalur immediately after news spread about Anitha’s death. They demanded that the state and Central governments take “moral responsibility” for her death.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisamy on Friday exhorted students not to take ‘extreme steps’ of ending their life and promised to take care of students’ interests.
A solatium of Rs 7 lakh was also announced by Palanisamy for Anitha’s family and promised job for people from her family according to their educational qualification.
Actor Rajnikanth expressed his grief over the death of Anitha and conveyed his condolences to her family through twitter.
Members of Students' Federation of India in Tamil Nadu protested at Chennai's Mount Road on Saturday over Anitha's death.
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