1. Protests erupt in Chennai, other parts of Tamil Nadu after NEET crusader Anitha commits suicide

Protests erupt in Chennai, other parts of Tamil Nadu after NEET crusader Anitha commits suicide

Anitha approached the apex court last month opposing a plea seeking admissions to under graduate medical courses only on the basis of the NEET score.

By: | Updated: September 2, 2017 10:36 PM
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Massive protests erupted in Chennai in Tamil Nadu after a 17-year-old Dalit girl who had moved the Supreme Court against NEET-based medical examinations allegedly committed suicide on Friday. Anitha was reportedly upset after it became known that Tamil Nadu will not be exempted from the ambit of National Entrance-cum-Eligibility Test (NEET), news agency PTI reported. Daughter of a daily wage earner, Anitha dreamed of becoming a doctor. She was found hanging at her house in a village in this district, police said. The Dalit girl had approached the apex court last month opposing a plea seeking admissions to under graduate medical courses only on the basis of the NEET score. Superstar Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan have expressed grief over the unfortunate demise of the girl.

Here are all the Justice for Anitha Chennai protests updates:-


10:12 PM Activists also raised slogans against lawyer Nalini, wife of senior Congress leader P Chidambaram, who had represented pro-NEET students in the court.

10:07 PM Some students tried to stage a protest on Greenways Road near Chief Minister K Palaniswami’s house here but were detained by police.

10:03 PM Road and rail blockades and attempts to picket government offices were organised by protesters, even as the BJP and the ruling AIADMK came under severe criticism.

7:29 PM The state government had announced relief of Rs 7 lakh to her family, besides offering a government job on compassionate grounds.

7:08 PM Political parties and other outfits in Tamil Nadu are opposed to NEET, saying it will affect rural students.

6:43 PM Responding to a question on the suicide of Anitha, T T V Dhinakaran said the state “does not need NEET at all”, reported news agency PTI.

5:56 PM At Palayamkottai in Tirunelveli district, a “wailing protest” was held by women members of pro-Tamil ‘Naam Tamizhar Katchi’, news agency PTI reported.

4:38 PM A students’ outfit tried to picket the government Multi-Super Speciality Hospital at Omanthurar Estate on the main road and its members were detained. The protestors raised slogans against the central and state governments on the issue of National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET).

4:07 PM The CPI(M) and its student and youth affiliates, SFI and DYFI, staged a road blockade here over the suicide of the Dalit girl. The party’s state unit secretary G Ramakrishnan and many others were detained, the police said. Similarly, VCK party workers were held when they staged a
road blockade at Kilpauk in Chennai.

3:53 PM Political parties and pro-Tamil outfits are staging state-wide protests over the death of Anitha. They sought immediate withdrawal of NEET exam.

3:38 PM: Tamil superstar Kamal Haasan said that he was deeply affected by the death of the teenager.  He said that Anitha committed suicide because there was no exemption in NEET. “We should see that no student takes the drastic measure in future. Do not be dejected, this is not the end. We will fight for justice and will win,” said the actor.

3:16 PM Meanwhile, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader TTV Dhinakaran condoled the death of Anitha.

3:05 PM Anitha killed herself at her residence a week after the Centre declared that Tamil Nadu cannot be exempted from NEET. She also scored 196.75 out of 200 for medical and 199.76 out of 200 for engineering seat.

2:49 PM Anitha hailed from a village in Ariyalur district, nearly 300 kilometres from Chennai. Anitha’s father is daily wage labourer. As a mark of protest, shops are shut today in Ariyalur district.

2:36 PM Union Minister of State for Social Justice, Ramdas Athawale on Saturday termed the death by suicide of Dalit student Anitha as unfortunate, but appealed to students to abide by examination rules.

2:22 PM Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami has announced a compensation of Rs. 7 lakh to the family of Anitha, ANI reported.

2:08 PM She was even reportedly offered a seat in the prestigious state-run Madras Institute of Technology here for aeronautical engineering, news agency PTI reported.

1:51 PM Although Anitha could not get admission to MBBS, she had the high score to secure the admission for several other courses, including engineering.

1:37 PM Anitha had scored an impressive 1,176 out of 1,200 marks in class XII board examinations. In NEET, she did not fare well and missed out on getting a medical seat.

1:28 PM VCK chief Thol Thirumavalan, a Dalit leader, expressed anguish at the death of the girl and said no student should attempt ending their lives as there were a lot of opportunities to pass examinations.

12:59 PM Many protesters have been detained in Chennai, reports ANI

12:40 PM Protests visuals from Chennai: Police trying to control protesters

12:36 PM DMK working president M K Stalin expressed concern over the death of the girl and called the government inept. “Students are the future of the nation and they should never attempt to do such things,” he said while asking thestate government to own up responsibility for the death.

12:28 PM Superstar Rajinikanth also condoled the death of the teenage girl. “What has happened to Anitha is extremely unfortunate. My heart goes out to all the pain and agony she would have undergone before taking the drastic step. My condolences to her family,” he said in a tweet.

12:26 PM Education Minister C Sengottaiyan expressed grief and anguish and said steps were being taken to prepare students for any competitive exam. He said such instances must never be repeated.

12:22 PM Tamil Nadu Health Minister C Vijayabaskar told reporters that he was deeply pained by the death of the girl.

12:21 PM Meanwhile, the residents held a ‘road roko’ in the village, slamming the AIADMK-led state government for the death of the girl.

12:20 PM Anitha was found hanging at her house in a village.

12:19 PM The Dalit girl had approached the apex court last month opposing a plea seeking admissions to under graduate medical courses only on the basis of the NEET score.

12:18 PM Chennai: Protest by Revolutionary Students and Youth Front (RSYF) members over the death Anitha; Protesters detained by Police.

12:10 PM The police said they were investigating the matter.

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  1. P
    Sep 3, 2017 at 3:01 pm
    How dare you question the Brahminical order. After all some people 's right position is at the feet and some at the head. Tamil Nadu is the only states that questions this order and so they protest. How is Tamil Nadu a great medical toursim destination. After all did these doctors all pass NEET? Those people who proudly wear their case names as their surnames will naturally be offended. The Center is chipping away at the the root of federal structure and the people here are aware of it. How else would TN be one the top ranking states in India across several parameters and what is the guarantee that NEET evaluations would be fair.
    1. S
      Sep 2, 2017 at 7:03 pm
      But why the prefix "DALIT". A student is a student. These type of journalism should be condemned
      1. P
        Sep 2, 2017 at 6:58 pm
        Only useful comment from VCK chief Thol Thirumavalan, no student should attempt ending their lives as there were a lot of opportunities to pass examinations... Rest everyone in TN opposition and filmi people just baking political careers and fooling people. NEET is good for state and country It is TN state's mediocrity in modernising science syllabus at state board level, maybe.
        1. Avro Deep
          Sep 2, 2017 at 5:51 pm
          relentless propaganda by the pro reservation lobbies continue unabated even after more than 50 percent of all seats are reserved in most states this shows the amount of hold control these lobbies have over the media outlets that the only time a death of a young person matters is when she or he is dalit ? death of a general category student in similar circumstances will never gain such attention
          1. P
            Sep 2, 2017 at 6:59 pm
            Whether she was killed for politics or commited suicide should be investigated.
          2. Cybil Penning
            Sep 2, 2017 at 5:09 pm
            Please don't overact this unfortunate Dalit card lest it becomes counter productive and reactionary. Unfortunately some alien powerful forces wud like to keep India in chaos for their vested interests. Those Indian elites who want that India should remain free of colonialism of every type including economical must come together and rise above vested sectarian interests to get rid of such poisonous fangs. We have seen it b4 and youth are being misguided in the name of caste, political violent outfits and even some foreign powers. Please stop such gestures those are wont on breaking this country. In Southern India, Church is hyperactive and keeps youth instigating to create law and order problems.
            1. G
              Sep 2, 2017 at 4:08 pm
              2014 - sc said neet is uncons utional, now they are saying in 2017 , neet compulsory, with 10 years of outdated syllabus , no access to coaching material, and all the coaching materials are in english only , how come a girl from a remote village prepare. it is ok for central govt ins utution like aims , iit s to conduct the entrance exam. but all these medical colleges are constructed by tamil nadu govt from tamil nadu s tax payers money. cant tamil nadu decide its own admission process, actually education is in concurrent list, india is a federal nation, it is uncons utional for the cbse to conduct exams for state board students . no need to teach tamil nadu about medical standards , we have 140 doctors to 1000 people unlike 30 doctors to 1000 people , 40 percentage of medical tourists come to tamil nadu only, all these doctors are created by 12 th marks only, bring uniform education, give equal access to coaching centres then bring neet. supreme court should give justice.
              1. P
                Sep 3, 2017 at 2:50 pm
                The Center is slowly chiseling away the foundations of the federal structure. They do not care about quality education.
              2. V
                Sep 2, 2017 at 3:54 pm
                Politicians idea of Uniform Syllabus in TN! Create some thing called Question Bank! Tell the 2 students all questions in board exam will only come from this Question Bank, word by word. So, if a student has the ability to MUG Up all the questions and its answer from this Question Bank - Centum in all subject is assured. Politicians knew, Mugging ability is not constrained to rich or poor students. In TN, Centum marks from even village corporation schools started spreading like wild fire and Politicians were taking the credit for it. Politicians claimed its a revolution they have brought to rural schools, in reality it was a mockery of muggers. Question Bank system was win win for Politicians, Corrupt College Owners and Good for nothing Secured job Teachers. Poor people where happy as their child was considered brilliant based on 2 Marks, but when they faced the real world of concept based learning, they realized how Politicians fooled them! Anithas suicide is an example!
                1. Ranjan Dhas
                  Sep 2, 2017 at 3:49 pm
                  A small message to pro-NEET campaigners : You don't just need 'brilliant' Surgeons and Doctors, but Doctors who are willing to serve in backward and rural areas of the country, even if some of these Doctors are of the 'ordinary type'. How many Doctors are willing to do that? A girl from a rural background like Anitha, perhaps, would have served backward and rural areas in the country ! Secondly, in NEET the state government gives a syllabus to the students to learn, and then NEET tests you according to the CBSE syllabus. Not the fault of students like Anitha. Somewhere, somehow the Medical Council of India, the courts, the Governments all confuse the young people who don't know much other than what they are taught in schools. It is the mistake of our system, not students like Anitha !!!
                  1. A
                    Anant Parashar
                    Sep 2, 2017 at 3:25 pm
                    A propaganda by Financial Express by repeatedly saying that she was a DALIT. Do you ever say a GEN category student committed suicide because in spite of scoring good marks and could not secure a seat? The answer is No, you don't. Shame on you!!
                    1. A
                      Adi Reddy
                      Sep 2, 2017 at 5:42 pm
                      WELL SAID BRO
                      1. A
                        Arun R
                        Sep 2, 2017 at 7:36 pm
                        well said... No matter how many people said like this..media is always shameless, ic, anti-cultural and anti-national.....
                      2. I
                        Sep 2, 2017 at 3:13 pm
                        Don't create sensational by mentioned his caste don't create problem by this ugly cheap tricks instead of this you can choose other job even clean drainage
                        1. Jaijawan Jaikisan
                          Sep 2, 2017 at 2:52 pm
                          Absurdity. Lot of people will score high marks in class 12. They are not sufficient for engineering/medical. Students should be open to compe ion.
                          1. S
                            Sep 2, 2017 at 1:48 pm
                            Daily wage earner does not have resources to move SC. She was a pawn and had to suffer. Thousands of seats in medical colleges are still vacant so why make so much halla. How many students miss admissions to professional cources. Creamy layer from SC/ST BC/ OBC should be removed to make way the most backward people to uplift without which this news will keep on repeating year after year.
                            1. Murderer Modi
                              Sep 2, 2017 at 3:51 pm
                              Pawns not commit suicide. Please do not hide your Brahminical roots under those absurd initials.
                              1. Cybil Penning
                                Sep 2, 2017 at 5:21 pm
                                And please don't hide your criminal crusader church hideout too. Church is d most disastrous organisation created on earth that operates in cahoots with CIA to destabilize weaker economies for their vested interests of loot and predatory proselytization. Church's hideous crusades are proving worst than overt ones earlier. All proselytization should be unmasked, exposed and should be b ed as immoral, unethical, inhuman, illegal and unsocial. Or scrap International Human Rights which envisage equality for every human beings irrespectively. These Western propagandas must be exposed and declared inhuman at every platform. These are the root causes of current global radicalized terrorism.
                                1. Cybil Penning
                                  Sep 2, 2017 at 5:23 pm
                                  There are only two murderer fascist forces under the garb of religion, i.e. Islam and Christianity. Ban these both and you will have peace globally. Both are same.
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