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SC to hear PIL today in NEET aspirant Anitha’s death case

Anitha, 17-year-old Dalit girl who was the face of the fight against NEET, took her life on September 1. NEET is an all-India entrance exam for admissions to dental and medical colleges

education Updated: Sep 08, 2017 12:03 IST
Police remove protester from railway track during protest over the suicide of 17-year-old  Anitha, who had moved the Supreme Court against NEET- based medical examinations
Police remove protester from railway track during protest over the suicide of 17-year-old Anitha, who had moved the Supreme Court against NEET- based medical examinations(PTI)

New Delhi The Supreme Court will today hear a public interest litigation (PIL), filed by lawyer GS Mani, in the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) aspirant S. Anitha’s death case.

Anitha, 17-year-old Dalit girl who was the face of the fight against NEET, took her life on September 1. NEET is an all-India entrance exam for admissions to dental and medical colleges.

The teenager from Ariyalur had petitioned the Supreme Court against the implementation of NEET 2017 in Tamil Nadu.

The plea also wants the Tamil Nadu Government to maintain law and order and ensure that protests over Anitha’s death don’t disrupt normal life.

The PIL has demanded a judicial inquiry by retired High Court judge.

A day after the suicide protests were held across Chennai on September 2 by many groups, including the Left parties and PMK.

The protestors blamed both the state and the Central Government for Anitha’s death.

The Tamil Nadu government had approached the SC against making NEET compulsory for the state and sought exemption for its students, arguing that it would put the rural and poor students of the state at a disadvantage when compared to others in the country.

S Anitha, daughter of a daily wage labourer from Ariyalur district, had petitioned the Supreme Court against the NEET seeking its abolition on behalf of rural Tamil Nadu state board students.