Tamil Nadu’s Dalit girl, who fought NEET in Supreme Court, commits suicide


In a shocking incident, a Dalit girl, who fought against the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) in Supreme Court, on Friday committed suicide after she was found hanging.

According to reports, the 19-year-old Anitha from a village in Ariyalur district, around 300 km from Chennai in Tamil Nadu, ended her life allegedly for not getting admission in a medical college, news agency IANS reported quoting police. Anita 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.

Former union minister and PMK leader Anbumani Ramadoss blamed the central and the state governments for the tragedy. In his statement, he expressed condolences to Anita’s parents adding that the state government headed by Chief Minister K.Palaniswami and the central government should accept responsibility for her death as they had initially assured that Tamil Nadu will get one year exemption from NEET.

The Supreme Court last year had exempted Tamil Nadu from NEET, but refused a request to continue the exemption this year too.