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Tamil Nadu erupts in protests after NEET crusader Anitha’s suicide

Tamil Nadu witnessed widespread protests today after the suicide of NEET crusader Anitha. It may be recalled that Anitha had been fighting against NEET in the Supreme Court. She was a Dalit girl and her suicide has attracted widespread protests, with many people blaming both the center and the state government for their failure to protect the interests of the local people. Anitha had to take the drastic step after it became clear that Tamil Nadu will not be exempted from NEET. Earlier, there were hopes among local medical aspirants, after the state and the center government had agreed to create an ordinance that would bypass NEET in Tamil Nadu for one year. However, the ordinance could not work since the Supreme Court directed all medical colleges in Tamil Nadu to start admissions based on NEET and complete the process by September 4.

Anitha was the daughter of a daily wage worker and she had aspired to become a doctor. But, after the Supreme Court’s recent ruling, she was forced to take the drastic step. She hanged herself in her house. After her death, Tamil Nadu witnessed many protests today. A ‘wailing protest’ was organized by women members of pro-Tamil ‘Naam Tamizhar Katchi’ at Palayamkottai in Tirunelveli district. Student outfits also carried out protests at various places in Tamil Nadu. Political parties have also staged protests at various places in Tamil Nadu.

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