Chennai, Sep 2: Grieving the death of his daughter, Father of Dalit girl Anitha said that despite unfavourable circumstances, she managed to study hard. He also said that Anitha was concerned about the NEET exam. 17-year-old Anitha, who led a campaign against National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) exams, committed suicide on Friday.
“What wrong had she done, who will answer?” asked Anitha’s father. Demanding scrapping of NEET, members of Naam Tamilar Katchi today paid tributes to Anitha and staged a protest over her death. Students’ Federation of India members too have staged a protest at Chennai’s Mount Road.
The party members said that it is wrong to make NEET the sole criterion for a seat in medical colleges. They also said that relaxations should be given for representation of the state board students in a better way. A huge number of people including Anitha’s relatives, friends, and politicians today visited her village and paid tributes to her.
What wrong had she done, who will answer?
Anitha hung herself at her residence in Ariyalur, Tamil Nadu, a week after the Centre declared that the state of Tamil Nadu cannot be exempted from NEET. According to the reports, Anitha committed suicide after she failed to get a medical seat after NEET was made compulsory.
In the medical exam, Anitha had scored 196.75 out of 200 and 199.76 out of 200 for an engineering seat. However, she managed to score only 86 out of 700 in the newly introduced NEET examination. Anitha had scored 1,176 marks out of 1,200 in her class 12 board exams in Tamil Nadu. The marks were enough to get her a seat in a medical college. However, she was upset after learning that she would have to sit again for NEET to be eligible for a medical seat.
Superstars Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan also expressed grief over Anitha’s suicide. Haasan said that he was upset with the suicide and it is because there was no exemption in NEET. Rajinikanth took to Twitter and expressed grief over Anitha’s suicide. “What has happened to Anitha is extremely unfortunate. My heart goes out to all the pain and agony she would have undergone before taking this drastic step. My condolences to her family,” he wrote.