Date : 01.09.2017
Centre-State government responsible for Anitha’s death on account of NEET
A 17-year old girl student, S. Anitha, who had scored 1,176 out of 1,200 marks in her Class XII (Tamil Nadu State Board Higher Secondary) examinations but was unable to join the MBBS course due to poor scores in CBSE-based NEET, committed suicide today in Kuzhumur village of Ariyalur district. The daughter of a daily wage labourer from the most oppressed section of the society had scored a cut-off of 196.75 out of 200 for medicine which could have easily secured her a MBBS seat in the top government Medical colleges if the admissions were based on it. She had impleaded herself as one of the respondents in the Supreme Court case challenging NEET. She had told journalists in New Delhi, “I want to be a doctor and I will be assured of a seat if the admission is based on Plus Two marks.” She was desperately awaited for the exemption of NEET in Tamil Nadu.
The death of such a brave and bright student from the marginalized section of society is very unfortunate and big loss to the society. We, the Forum for IT Employees, is deeply saddened over her death and send our condolences to her family and relatives.
The Central government and the State government should accept responsibility for her death as they had initially assured that Tamil Nadu will get one year exemption from NEET. The Tamil Nadu State Legislative Assembly had earlier passed amendments to continue the existing practice of admitting students based on Plus Two marks in the Tamil Nadu medical colleges. FITE demands the Centre government to respect it and act accordingly.
We appeal the students to avoid taking such extreme steps and to involve in constructive steps.
FORUM FOR IT EMPLOYEES (F.I.T.E)