"Want to be doctor", Anitha's appeal goes viral, protests across TN against NEET
Massive protests are being witnessed across Tamil Nadu over the suicide of Anitha, a petitioner against NEET 2017 in the Supreme Court.Various political and student organisations carried out demonstrations in various districts of Tamil Nadu outraged over Anitha's death.
Members of Students' Federation of India in Tamil Nadu protested at Chennai's Mount Road on Saturday over Anitha's death. A protest was held by members of Revolutionary Students and Youth Front (RSYF) on Saturday after which protestors were detained by the police. Political outfit, Naam Tamilar Katchi members paid tributes to Anitha and staged a protest over her death. The party demanded that NEET be scrapped before it claims more lives.
Anitha's distraught father asked who was responsible for her death. "Anitha managed to study in difficult circumstances. She was concerned about NEET. What wrong had she done? Who will answer?," he asked the media on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the opposition parties in Tamil Nadu have lashed out at the state government's inefficiency and for failing students of the state over NEET 2017. An ex-gratia announced by Cheif Minister Edappadi Palanisamy did little to make up for the loss of a student who fought all odds to emerge a winner, only to kill herself over a medical seat.
"Becoming a doctor is my ambition"
The unfortunate death of Anitha, a petitioner against NEET 2017 has sparked off a debate on who is responsible for her death. A heart-wrenching video on Anitha making an appeal to help her achieve her dream of becoming a doctor is now going viral on social media.
Anitha, a 17-year-old Dalit student from one of the most backward districts of Tamil Nadu emerged a topper in the state board class 12 examinations. Lack of a level playing field in National Eligibility cum Entrance Test ended disastrously for Anitha who took the extreme step on Friday. Despite scoring 1,176 out of 1,200 Anitha could not secure a medical seat in the first round of counseling after failing to top NEET
In a video appeal, that is going viral now, Anitha is seen explaining the difficult background that she hails from. The only girl among her siblings, Anitha lost her mother a decade ago. A father who works as a casual labourer supported the family and encouraged Anitha to study. "My dream is to become a doctor and serve the society," Anitha is seen saying in the video.