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

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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. Her outstanding scores in class 12 in all likelihood could have helped her in cracking the medical entrance exam.

After fighting a prolonged battle against National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) in Supreme Court, 17-year-old Chennai girl Anita has made a decision to end her life and allegedly committed suicide on Friday.

Anitha had scored 1,176 out of 1,200 marks in Class XII and had a cut off of 196.75 for medicine. She could not secure MBBS seat as NEET score was the basis for medical counselling this year.

In her petition in the apex court against NEET, Anitha had said that rural students would not be able to compete against students from urban areas if a common entrance exam were to be held for medical college seats. Though the Central government introduced NEET previous year, Tamil Nadu was exempted from it. However, on 22 August, after the Centre said Tamil Nadu can not be exempted, the apex court directed it to offer medical college admissions exclusively on the basis of NEET marks.

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While, Kamal Haasan said that he considers Anitha as his own daughter and will raise voice for her.

Chennai: A 12-year-old girl in Tamil Nadu killed herself yesterday after her teacher allegedly scolded her in class for staining her clothes with menstrual blood. Students do get three attempts for NEET. "And whatever happened to the state government's promise of exempting Tamil Nadu students from NEET?" However, the Supreme Court ruled that no student other than those securing seat through NEET would be allowed to get admission. "One can always prepare well and get through next year", he said, asking students to refrain from succumbing to depression. The Congress also found itself in a corner since Nalini Chidambaram, wife of former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, had argued the case in favour of NEET in the Madras High Court and Supreme Court.

In a late-night statement, Chief Minister Palaniswami, expressing his grief and condolences, announced a solatium of Rs. 700,000 to Anitha's family. "The Governor has to take immediate action to save Tamil Nadu".

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