Tamil Nadu girl, who filed case against Neet, ends life

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The girl jumped off a building near her home in southern India's Tamil Nadu state on Monday, officials said, leaving a note saying her teacher had tortured her. 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.

In a shocking incident, a Dalit girl, who fought against the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) in Supreme Court, on Friday committed suicide after she was found hanging. She scored 1176 out of 1200 marks in her class 12 exams.

However, she just scored 86 out of 720 marks in the NEET examination, failing to get a chance in medical examination, media reports said.

In a statement issued here, former Union Minister and Paattali Makkall Katchi leader Anbumani Ramadoss blamed the central and state governments for the tragedy.

According to The Hindu, following the decision to make NEET compulsory in Tamil Nadu, she filed a case against the decision in Supreme Court.

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Immediately after news of Anitha's death spread, her angry father and relatives blocked traffic on a road at Senthurai near here. "Due to NEET exam, I was unable to get selected, despite having good cut-off marks".

Facing pressure from other parties, Tamil Nadu government approached the Centre for exemption.

After her classmates pointed out that her bench and uniform had menstrual blood on them, the victim asked her teacher for permission to go to the restroom. "Once she lost her case she was very distraught", said her uncle. Later on, the Centre made a decision to give a year's exemption if the Tamil Nadu government passed a resolution.

Despite coming from a poor family, Anitha moved the Supreme Court seeking a stay on MBBS admissions based on NEET scores. State Health Minister Vijayabhaskar expressed grief on Anitha's suicide and appealed to students not to lose hope so easily. "The Governor has to take immediate action to save Tamil Nadu".

While the blame game over her death has already begun in the state, Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan urged students, teachers and parents to not think that not getting a seat is the "end of the world".

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