Dozens detained as Tamil Nadu braces for the next storm ---- Anitha

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Expressing his condolences to Anitha's parents, he said the state government headed by Palaniswami and the central government should accept responsibility for her death as they had initially promised Tamil Nadu would receive a one-year exemption from NEET.

S. Anitha (17), a State Board student who filed a case in the Supreme Court against National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for medical admissions, has reportedly hanged herself to death at her house at Kuzhumur village near Sendurai on Friday.

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Anitha had scored 1,176 marks out of 1,200 in the plus two exams under the Tamil Nadu state board.

On Friday, disillusioned and disappointed with the fact that she did not get a medical seat despite her efforts, Anitha made a decision to hang herself at her home in Ariyalur.

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Meanwhile, leaders of various political parties, including DMK working president M K Stalin, blamed the state government for Anitha's suicide, saying the tragedy occurred as it failed to secure an exemption from NEET.

State health secretary J Radhakrishnan, who had gone to Delhi with a draft ordinance on NEET exemption that was later dismissed by the central government's legal advisor, sought to calm frayed tempers. Last year, Supreme court ordered all the medical colleges for admissions by making the NEET performance a sole requirement.

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A Dalit State Board student who moved the Supreme Court against the NEET for medical admission committed suicide earlier in the day. She had claimed that since her father was daily wage worker she could not afford coaching classes for NEET which students from the urban area could. "But students get three opportunities, and they should not take drastic steps like these", he said, adding that Anita's family will be adequately compensated. Even more tragically, she had secured a seat to study Aeronautical Engineering at the hallowed Madras Institute of Technology. The rural students also lack the economic wherewithal to equip themselves for the common entrance test As the opposition demanded health minister C.Vijaya Bhaskar's resignation following Anitha's death, he expressed "pain" and "shock". "The Governor has to take immediate action to save Tamil Nadu".

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