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Anitha Suicide: Family Turns Down TN Govt’s Financial Aid

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| September 4 , 2017 , 14:32 IST

Kin of Tamil Nadu Board student Anitha, who ended her life last week after she was refused to get admission in the medical college, on Monday, rejected the compensation of Rs 7 lakhs offered by the Tamil Nadu government.

Anitha’s brother Mani Ratnam, while turning away the district collector of the state's Ariyalur, who visited the family with the cheque, said, “She gave her life to get an exemption from NEET, not for any financial help.”

17-year-old was the daughter of a Dalit daily-wage labourer and dreamt of getting admission to a medical college after scoring well in 12th standard.

However, the top court last month ruled that NEET is compulsory for admission in medical college and more scoring well in 12th marks won’t help.

Anitha, who could not crack the NEET exam, filed a petition in the Supreme Court to the exemption the student of Tamil Nadu from the common entrance test.

In her peal, the medical aspirant stated that poor students like her who lived in villages could not afford private coaching classes, like the rich ones.

Tami Nadu witnessed massive protest boil after Anitha hanged herself. Scores of people gathered staged protest in support of the Dalit girl.   

Political rivals have accused both the Chief Minister E. Palaniswami government of the AIADMK in the state and the BJP government at the Centre of letting down the state's students.

Tamil Nadu Government has abolished an entrance exam from past nine years, granting admission to medical courses based on Class 12 state board marks, saying it allowed students from villages and small towns to enter medical colleges too.

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