Dhinakaran asks Centre to cancel NEET in Tamil Nadu post Anitha's suicide

ANI | Updated: Sep 02, 2017 22:33 IST

Ariyalur (Tamil Nadu) [India], Sep 2 (ANI): All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader TTV Dhinakaran on Saturday asked the Centre to cancel National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) in Tamil Nadu.

Dinakaran's statement came after Anitha, a 17-year-old Tamil Nadu girl committed suicide by hanging herself at her house after failing to get admission in medical college based on NEET marks.

"We have 69 percent reservation in Tamil Nadu but because of this NEET, a daughter like Anitha was not able to get admission even though she got very high marks. Central government should think about it and especially in the interest of Tamil Nadu students, they should cancel NEET or at least have it as per +2 syllabus," Dhinakaran said after meeting the bereaved family of Anitha here.

Earlier, Dhinakaran had condoled the demise of Anitha.

He took to Twitter and said, "I was distressed and shocked to hear that the beloved daughter who struggled against NEET test committed suicide".

Anitha, a resident of Tamil Nadu's Ariyalur district, was spearheading the fight against NEET exams and had impleaded herself as one of the respondents in a Supreme Court case challenging NEET.

Anitha killed herself a week after the Centre declared that Tamil Nadu cannot be exempted from NEET.

Earlier, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami announced a compensation of Rs. 7 lakh to the family of Anitha. (ANI)