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Madras HC expresses anguish over Anitha’s demise

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Published Sep 13, 2017, 6:23 am IST
Updated Sep 13, 2017, 6:23 am IST
Inform court on steps taken to prevent such deaths.
Madras High Court
 Madras High Court

Chennai: Expressing deep anguish over Neet aspirant Anitha’s suicide, the Madras High Court directed the authorities to inform the court regarding the efforts taken to prevent such deaths and steps taken by the authorities enabling the students to face Neet in the State including those in rural terrain.

Stating that the society has lost a wonderful child in Anitha, Justice K. Kirubakaran said there should not be any more deaths due to this reason. It is very unfortunate that 17-year-old S. Anitha, born in a poor family in Sendurai village, Ariyalur district and who secured 1,176 marks outof 1,200, with a cut off of 199.75 out of 200 marks, having secured only 86 marks in the Neet examination, had ended her life by committing suicide on September 1, 2017, creating shock waves in the State making the political parties protest and the students to abstain, classes.

 

Lauding her effort to get good marks in the Plus-2 examination, the judge said without the support of her mother, without basic amenities and appropriate coaching, though the poor child with her hard work secured 1,176 marks, she had failed to get medical admission.

In view of the volatile situation, this Court would like to know as to whether the order dated August 24, 2017, of this Court has been considered by the concerned parties and directed the authorities to file replies to 11 questions.

The queries – 1.Whether the State Government took steps to provide counselling to the frustrated students who failed to get MBBS course admission in view of Neet? 2. Did the government established coaching centres to prepare the students for Neet examinations?  3. Did the government establish coaching centres in the rural areas to prepare the rural students who are not much equipped?  4. How many students from State Board had secured admission in medical colleges this year?  5. How many students from Government schools had secured admission in medical colleges this year and 6. How many students hailing from rural areas secured admission in medical colleges this year?

 

The Judge posed the questions when suo motu proceedings initiated to verify as to whether the court order dated August 24 has been complied with or not. The matter has been posted to September 14 for filing a compliance report.

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