This year too, the State government sought exemption and the Legislative Assembly passed amendments to continue the existing practice in medical college admissions.
17-year old S. Anitha who contested against National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for medical admissions hanged herself at her residence on Friday. The NEET score could not fetch her a medical seat, which was her long-cherished dream.
Union Minister and PMK leader Anbumani Ramadoss has blamed the central and the state governments after such a pathetic incident took place on Friday. The EPS government in particular, had given false hopes about getting a last minute exemption from the Centre through an ordinance which failed to cross the legal hurdle when the Centre backed out saying only one state can not be given exemption. The teenager, while challenging NEET before the apex court, had said that she would be able to study medicine if the admission to a medical college was based on her Class XII board exam results. She had lost her mother at a very young age; her father is a daily wage labourer and was brought up by her paternal grand mother at their modest house, which even lacked basic sanitation facilities like a toilet.
Blaming the State government and the Centre for the death of Anitha, a medical aspirant in Ariyalur, leaders of political parties have said the governments should take responsibility for her suicide as they had given false hopes to aspirants that Tamil Nadu would be exempted from NEET-based medical admissions. She would have qualified for MBBS had admissions been held on the basis of Plus Two marks.
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The Class VII student jumped off a neighbour's terrace - which was 25 feet high - in her hometown in Palayamkottai in the Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu.
Expressing his heartfelt condolences to her parents, the Minister promised all help to the family by the Government.
"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.
In an Embarrassed state, she approached the teacher and asked for permission to go to the restroom but instead she was shamed and shouted at for not knowing how to place a pad properly.
A Dalit girl from Tamil Nadu committed suicide today.