Chennai: As many as 14 students from Trichy on Saturday sat for indefinite hunger strike against the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) and huge protests erupted in Tamil Nadu after Anitha, a state board topper, committed suicide after failing to get admission in a medical college.
Tamil Nadu despite CM Palaniswami’s assurance that he would take care of students’ interests. Palaniswami also announced a compensation of Rs 7 lakh to Anitha's family and a job, and appealed the protesting students not to take any extreme step like Anitha as the government is looking into the NEET issue.
On the other hand, while members of Students' Federation of India protested at Chennai's Mount Road over Anitha's death, her grieving father, a daily wage labourer, while saying that his daughter was very ambitious and had managed to study in difficult circumstances asked her fault.
“Anitha was concerned about NEET. What wrong had she done, who will answer”, he reportedly asked.
He has demanded the state and the Centre to take moral responsibility for his daughter’s death.
As the huge number of people visited Anitha's home to pay their last respects to the departed soul, her body was kept at a public place in Kuzhumur near Senthurai. A number of relatives, friends and politicians visited the spot to pay their last respects to the 17-year-old girl.
A strike has been called by various political parties in Ariyalur district. Shops and other public outlets were closed in support of the strike. All major establishments remained shut.
Medical college admissions in Tamil Nadu were conducted solely based on the Plus Two examination marks until last year. Though the Central government introduced NEET last year, Tamil Nadu was exempted from it.
This year too, the State government sought exemption and the Legislative Assembly passed amendments to continue the existing practice in medical college admissions.