A day after the suicide of Ariyalur Dalit girl Anitha, who led a campaign against NEET, Tamil nationalist outfit the Naam Tamilar Katchi today staged a protest demanding scrapping of the entrance exam.
The Naam Tamilar Katchi said that making NEET the sole criterion for medical admission was wrong and relaxations must be given to provide better representation of the state board students.
Meanwhile, Anitha’s father has said that she was deeply concerned about entrance exam. He said that despite adverse circumstances, Anitha managed to focus on her studies. “What wrong did she do and who will now answer for her death,” asked Anitha’s father.
A strike has been called by various political parties in Ariyalur district. Shops and other public outlets were closed in support of the strike. All major establishments remained shut.
Anitha ended her life after she failed to secure a medical seat on the basis of NEET score.
AIADMK LEADER ERRS
While messages of condolences are pouring in after Anitha’s suicide not only from Tamil Nadu but also outside the state, an AIADMK joint secretary has a tweet what could be described as insensitive.
AIADMK joint secretary (IT wing) Hari Prabhakaran, while lauding her efforts to take the anti-NEET campaign to the Supreme Court, asked who sponsored the deceased’s expenses of her flights to New Delhi.
The AIADMK leader later removed the tweet following uproar over social media and used Anitha’s photograph as his profile picture on Twitter to make amends. He has been tweeting in solidarity with Anitha after the goof-up.