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Dozens detained as Tamil Nadu braces for the next storm ---- Anitha

02 September 2017

Though the Central government introduced NEET a year ago, Tamil Nadu was exempted from it.

The test, conducted by the Central Board for Secondary Education, determines admissions to medical and dental colleges across India.

With her dreams of becoming a doctor dashed due to a low score in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test, S. Anitha, who fought against the common entry test for medical colleges, committed suicide September 1, said police citing her family.

On August 22, the Supreme Court has directed all the medical colleges in Tamil Nadu to use National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) as the only basis for admission across the state.

AIADMK spokesperson CR Saraswathi, who supports the TTV Dhinakaran faction in the party, blamed both the central and state governments for Anita's suicide.

The state government had passed two legislations seeking exemption from Neet in February and these were pending before the Union government since then.

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The Supreme Court last year had exempted Tamil Nadu from NEET, but refused a request to continue the exemption this year too. She had claimed that since her father was daily wage worker she could not afford coaching classes for NEET which students from the urban area could.

State BJP leader H. Raja had openly backed NEET saying it was a fallacy to state that non-State board students would not be able to get admissions under NEET.

In a shocking incident, a 12-year-old schoolgirl in Tamil Nadu's Tirunelveli district committed suicide after teacher humiliated her for menstrual stains. "Once she lost her case she was very distraught", said her uncle. The Tamil Nadu government needs to provide relief to Anitha's family. "The BJP government falsely promised that it would provide exemption to Tamil Nadu from NEET, but went back on it during the hearing in the Supreme Court", he said. But she got only 86 marks in the NEET examination. Health Secretary Dr J Radhakrishanan, who was in Delhi fighting the same case in the SC, also expressed grief at the suicide and urged students to stay fearless.

"I don't know what NEET is, and my father who has done his best to give me a good education, can not afford NEET coaching classes", Anitha said then. "If Amma (Jayalalithaa) was alive, she would have saved the State from the injustice of the NEET", he said.

A Dalit girl from Tamil Nadu committed suicide today.

Dozens detained as Tamil Nadu braces for the next storm ---- Anitha