Chennai: A day after a 17-year-old dalit student, who had fought against the common entrance exam for medical colleges in the Supreme Court, committed suicide allegedly after she did not get an admission into a medical college, there are wide-spread protests across Tamil Nadu
S Anitha had scored 1,176 marks out of 1,200 in her board exams in Tamil Nadu but did not perform well in NEET.
Around 300 workers from different opposition groups protested at five different places in Chennai this morning targeting the E Palaniswami government in the state and the BJP-led govt at the centre for their failure in getting an exemption from NEET for medical admission.
Anitha killed herself at her residence a week after the Centre declared that Tamil Nadu cannot be exempted from NEET.
She had moved the Supreme Court seeking an exemption from the test for students like her who had studied under Tamil Nadu’s own education board.
But the Supreme Court recently rejected the petition, making NEET mandatory for all medical aspirants.
On August 22, the Supreme Court ordered Tamil Nadu government to begin medical admissions based on NEET.