TN Dalit student who moved SC against NEET ends life

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Security was heightened in Marina beach to keep protesters from assembling there.

Some students tried to stage a protest on Greenways Road near Chief Minister K Palaniswami's house here but were detained by police.

CPI (M) state secretary G. Ramakrishnan said, "What happened today is the manifestation of the BJP's political policy". A students outfit tried to picket the government-run Multi- Super Speciality Hospital at Omanthurar Estate in Chennai.

Anitha hails from a village in Ariyalur district 300 km away from Chennai. The state government is yet to release the break-up of state and other board students who had got admissions based on NEET.

Facing pressure from other parties, Tamil Nadu government approached the Centre for exemption. Mr Dhinakaran said that they are waiting and hoping that the Governor and President would initiate action.If they fail, the next course of action would be taken up and for this he is here, he added. They threatened to jump from the bridge if police try to arrest them.

She was the only daughter of Shanmughan, who is a loading worker in Ariyalur.

Medical college admissions in Tamil Nadu were conducted exclusively based on the Plus Two examination marks until past year. "If NEET comes as an eligibility criteria, I will be ruled out of the race as I have a mere 86 marks", a report quoted her as saying.

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"Let this not be highlighted as brutal politics. When I appeared for NEET, I found the question paper very hard as most questions were out of the syllabus", she had told a television channel.

Meanwhile, the residents held a "road roko" in the village, slamming the AIADMK led state government for the death of the girl.

Noted actors Kamal Hasan and Rajinikanth have also expressed grief over her death.

Anitha had raised several issues, while talking to Ahmed, on the disparity and inequality in the society to receive a quality education and said that she was echoing the voices of the oppressed and backward students who dream of reaching greater heights through education. My heart goes out to her for all the pain and agony she would have undergone before taking this drastic step.

Anitha did not get admission even in the last allotment.

However, the top court refused a request to continue the exemption this year.

"A Dalit girl, a bold petitioner against the imposition of NEET instead of the existing school results for admission to MBBS - has to, unfortunately, kill herself as she did not score well in NEET".