In an unfortunate event that has led to protests in Tamil Nadu, a 17-year-old student Anitha allegedly committed suicide on Friday. According to her parents, Anitha was upset after it became known that Tamil Nadu will not be exempted from the ambit of National Entrance-cum-Eligibility Test (NEET), reported PTI. The Dalit girl moved the Supreme Court opposing a plea seeking admissions to under graduate medical courses only on the basis of the NEET score. Many celebrities have come out in support of Anitha asking justice for her. Anitha’s family said she had rejected an offer to join the aeronautical engineering course at the Madras Institute of Technology in order to pursue her dream of becoming a doctor. Who was Anitha? Well, here is all you need to know about her:
1. A bright student, Anitha had scored 1,176 marks out of 1,200 in the plus two exams under the Tamil Nadu state board. Later, she went on to score 86 marks in the NEET examination for medicine.
2. According to a report by ANI, Anitha came from a poor family and moved the Supreme Court seeking a stay on MBBS admissions based on NEET scores.
3. On August 22, the Apex Court ruled that medical college admissions in Tamil Nadu will be based on the NEET merit list by September 4.
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4. She was depressed over not being able to get admission in a medical college and ended her life when her family members were away.
5. Anitha’s family, relatives, and villagers staged a road roko holding the State and centre responsible for her death. “Anitha managed to study in difficult circumstances. She was concerned about NEET. What wrong had she done, who will answer?”, news agency ANI quoted her father saying.
Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami on Friday announced a compensation of Rs. 7 lakh to the family of Anitha. The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader TTV Dhinakaran also condoled her death. “I was distressed and shocked to hear that the beloved daughter who struggled against NEET test committed suicide,” he wrote on Twitter.