She always wanted to become a doctor and we too encouraged by her calling her Dr Anitha every time we used to address us.
He also appealed the students that they must not take any extreme step like Anitha's as the government is looking into the NEET issue. Anitha had scored 1,176 out of 1,200 marks in Class XII exams but did not score well in the CBSE syllabus-based NEET. According to the state education department's evaluation, her score in engineering and in medicine were 199.75 and 196.75 out of 200, respectively. But over the last two days, Anita's suicide has evoked questions about her caste, questions about how she managed to study so well despite being from such a deprived background.
After a 17-year-old Dalit student from Tamil Nadu, who fought in the Supreme Court against the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), committed suicide on Friday for not getting admission in a medical college, an outrage to seek justice for the victim has engulfed the state.
Fr. K Robert, who taught Anitha English in the village school, says the last time he met her was after her Plus 2 results, when she came with candies.
A year ago, the Supreme Court had ordered all medical colleges across the country to use NEET to decide admissions.
"My dream is broken".
Opposition parties said as much, blaming the state and central governments for the NEET mess and held the BJP government responsible for her Anitha. After her death, Tamil Nadu witnessed many protests today.
Spontaneous protests were held at several places, with students and political parties' members raising slogans against the government.
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Tamil Nadu health minister C Vijayabaskar told reporters that he was deeply pained by the death of the girl.
"It is not suicide, it is a murder, " actor Parthiban wrote in a Facebook post, that exhorted all to join the '"youth" protest. Security was heightened in Marina beach to keep protesters from assembling there.
The unfortunate death of the young girl has created upsurge in the state of Tamil Nadu.
The ever emotive issue of her caste as a Dalit can not be ignored. "Who will answer for her death now?" he asked.
NEET, critics said, negates attempts at or the possibility of social inclusiveness. However, in 2016, the Centre enacted a legislation to establish a National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) for admission into medical and dental courses.
Those arguing for NEET say standardisation is essential and the exam allows this. One of her teachers said that it is sad that a student who had scored such high marks and had even qualified the medical examination was denied admission just because of the attitude of the center. They are also talented.
"What standards are they talking about?" The Dalit student was at the forefront of Tamil Nadu's fight against the medical entrance test. I strongly feel there is a valid case there.
He promised help from the state government to Anitha's family.