Humiliated for period stain, Indian girl kills herself - parents

S Anitha daugher of a casual labourer recorded spectacular performance in Class XII examinations on the State board syllabus

Police said she hanged herself with a saree from the ceiling of her house at Colony Street at Kulumur in Ariyalur district around 2 pm.

The test, conducted by the Central Board for Secondary Education, determines admissions to medical and dental colleges across India.

Chennai: A 17-year-old girl, who led the fight against National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) exams in Tamil Nadu, committed suicide on Friday.

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He said Anitha had scored 196.5 cut-off marks and it would have gained her a seat in one of the best State-run medical colleges. Dejected after failing to secure an MBBS seat despite her efforts, Anitha committed suicide on Friday at her home in Ariyalur.

She became the face of the state board students' fight against NEET after she chose to fight for her future and thousands of other students in the Supreme Court of India, She impleaded herself as a respondent demanding an exemption to NEET for Tamil Nadu.

Manithaneya Makkal Katchi leader Jawahirullah blamed the State and Central governments for the NEET fiasco.

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The state government had passed two legislations seeking exemption from Neet in February and these were pending before the Union government since then. In Tamil Nadu entrance examinations to medical college and engineering admissions were based on plus two marks.

The political parties of Tamil Nadu favoured exemption for students of the state from NEET. Her family said she was found hanging. The Tamil Nadu government needs to provide relief to Anitha's family. She had been keeping aloof after counseling for medical admission commenced based on NEET scores once the Supreme Court dismissed the petitions of Anitha and a few others. Later on, the Centre made a decision to give a year's exemption if the Tamil Nadu government passed a resolution.

While the blame game over her death has already begun in the state, Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan urged students, teachers and parents to not think that not getting a seat is the "end of the world". 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".

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