Who fought against NEET in Supreme Court

Who fought against NEET in Supreme Court

Police said she hanged herself with a saree from the ceiling of her house at Colony Street at Kulumur in Ariyalur district around 2 pm. The NEET, in fact, has been at the centre of political and legal tussles ever since its inception in 2013 - the year the first common medical entrance test was conducted before it ran into rough weather.

According to reports, Anitha had secured 1176 marks out of 1200 in her Class XII State board examinations.

The NEET was introduced in the wake of repeated complaints about admission and capitation fees in medical colleges.

With a cut-off mark of 196.5, Anitha would have surely got admission into a medical college in Tamil Nadu under the old system, which based admission on the marks scored in plus two exams.

Anitha, who had scored 1,176 marks out of 1,200 in the plus two exams under the Tamil Nadu state board did not, however, score high marks in the NEET to secure a seat in medical school, and committed suicide, her relatives said. Her father is a daily wage labourer. Taking a jibe at Tamil Nadu government, he said, "Tamil Nadu politics is looking sarcastic".

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Her parents had no idea why she took her life until they found a suicide note which reads: "Amma please forgive me, I don't see any other way".

Dr. G. Ravindranath, general secretary of Doctors' Association for Social Equality said the failure to get Presidential assent to NEET exemption Bills led to Anitha's death. "And whatever happened to the state government's promise of exempting Tamil Nadu students from NEET?"

Earlier this month, while talking to reporters after challenging NEET in the apex court, Anitha had said: "MBBS is my dream". She had been keeping aloof after counseling for medical admission commenced based on NEET scores once the Supreme Court dismissed the petitions of Anitha and a few others. State Health Minister Vijayabhaskar expressed grief on Anitha's suicide and appealed to students not to lose hope so easily. She was upset over not being able to get a seat in a medical college.

While DMK acting president MK Stalin blamed the Modi government and the "non-existent Tamil Nadu government" for the girl's death, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi president Thol Thirumavalavan termed NEET as "anti-poor and anti-rural".

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