Girl’s suicide: TN opposition calls for cancellation of NEET

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The alleged suicide of a 19-year-old girl at Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu has given rise for a fresh plea for cancellation of National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to medical courses in the country.

Coimbatore city police said on Wednesday, August 19, that the girl, a resident of East Venkatasamy Road, had resorted to the extreme step due to fear of the upcoming NEET examination. The police said that the girl was preparing for the test, scheduled to be held in September, for the past few months and was found depressed.

According to news agency, PTI, the teenager was found hanging in her room on Tuesday evening by her mother, who immediately lodged a complaint with the police. Further investigations will reveal what led to the suicide, they added.

The Supreme Court had on Monday dismissed a plea seeking postponement of JEE (Main) April 2020 and NEET-Undergraduate examinations, which are scheduled to be conducted in September, amid spurt in number of COVID-19 cases, saying precious year of students "cannot be wasted" and life has to go on.

Meanwhile, DMK MLA N Karthik visited the victim's house and reiterated the party’s demand for cancellation of the test in view of the extensive spread of coronavirus. The DMK, which is the main opposition in Tamil Nadu, has been demanding cancellation of the examination.

Since NEET has been imposed, six students' suicides have been reported from Tamil Nadu over failure in the exam. All the students who committed suicide were women and belonged to the lowest sections of the socio-economic stratum.

Several students' organisations have been protesting against the imposition of NEET. Even most political parties, including the ruling AIADMK have not been in favour of NEET. The state Assembly had recently passed a resolution demanding the scrapping of the examination.

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