A day after the Dalit teenager Anitha’s body was found hanging, several political parties and pro-Tamil outfits staged state-wide protests in Tamil Nadu. Anitha, who had moved the Supreme Court against NEET- based medical examinations, had allegedly committed suicide.
The parties, including CPI-M, SFI and DYFI, demanded an immediate withdrawal of the entrance exam, reported news agency PTI.
Elsewhere, members of a students’ outfit tried to picket the government Multi- Super Speciality Hospital at Omanthurar Estate on the main road leading to their detention by cops. The protesters also chanted slogans against the central and state governments on the issue of National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET).
At Palayamkottai in Tirunelveli district, a “wailing protest” was held by women members of pro-Tamil ‘Naam Tamizhar Katchi’. Protests were also held at Coimbatore, Salem and Rameswaram by students’ and youth outfits who demanded justice for the girl and sought immediate withdrawal of NEET.
19-year-old Anitha from a village in Ariyalur district, around 300 km from Chennai in Tamil Nadu, had ended her life allegedly for not getting admission in a medical college, news agency IANS reported quoting police. Anitha had scored 1,176 marks out of 1,200 in the plus two exams under the Tamil Nadu state board, but she was not able to score high marks in the NEET to secure a medical seat.
Her relatives said that Anitha committed suicide because she was not able to get a medical seat. She was the daughter of a daily labourer.
The villagers stage road roko holding the State and centre responsible for Anitha’s death, reported The Hindu.