Nineteen year old girl, Anitha from Tamil Nadu committed suicide on September 1. She was one of the petitioners who fought against NEET as the criteria of medical admission. However, NEET exemption was not accepted by the Supreme court after a long battle fought by the Tamil Nadu government. Admissions for medical colleges started from 24th August.

The alleged reason for Anitha’s suicide is that she did not get admission into a medical college. She was a bright student who scored 1176 out 1200 in her plus two exams from state board. She was eligible for selection in many engineering colleges including Madras Institute of Technology. However, she couldn’t score high marks in NEET 2017.

Anitha hails from a village in Ariyalur district 300 km away from Chennai. She is daughter of a daily wage laborer and dreamed of becoming a doctor. She took up to the cause of rural students against NEET. She was reportedly upset after she got the news that Tamil Nadu will not be exempted from NEET. She was found hanging at her house, state police confirmed.

Former union minister and PMK leader Anbumani Ramadoss expressed his condolences to Anitha’s parents. He blamed the central and state government for her unfortunate death and said that they should accept full responsibility as NEET exemption was assured by the state government.

Protests followed after the news of suicide by the dalit girl. The CPI (M) and its students and youth affiliated to SFI and DYFI staged a road blockade in Chennai. Political parties and pro-Tamil outfits have also staged state wide protests. Meanwhile AIDMK leader TTV Dhinakaran condoled her death. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami has announced compensation of Rs 7 lakh to Anitha’s family. Many public figures like Tamil superstar Kamal Haasan, Rajnikantha and VCK chief Thol Thirumavalan, a dalit leader pleaded students to not take such drastic steps. Villagers of Anitha’s village have also shown their grief and anguish by holding a ‘raod roko’.

The unfortunate death of the young girl has created upsurge in the state of Tamil Nadu. Steps should be taken to prevent such events from here forth.