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Tamil Nadu: Three NEET candidates end life day before exam..


S Vishnu Sharmaa

Chennai, Sept 13 (HS) : Three NEET aspirants in Tamil Nadu allegedly committed suicide on Saturday, a day before they were to appear for the medical entrance exam. Many of the state’s political leaders expressed grief over the deaths and hit out at the Centre for going ahead with the examination. 

According to officials, a  19-year-old woman hanged herself in Madurai.
Later in the evening, two male aspirants, aged between 19 and 21, allegedly died by suicide in Dharmapuri and Namakkal districts.According to a police officer handling the Madurai case, it was the aspirant’s second attempt at the exam and she had been trying to attend coaching classes.

In a note addressed to her parents, M Jothisri Durga said she was anxious about the exam. “She wrote that she would disappoint her family members and others if she did not get a medical seat,” the officer said, adding that Jothisri also sent a voice note to her father before hanging herself.

Police told that M Adithya of Dharmapuri district and 21-year-old Motilal of Tiruchengode in Namakkal also died by hanging themselves. Motilal had appeared for NEET twice while Adithya had appeared for it once before.

Earlier this week, another 19-year-old NEET asiprant died by suicide in Ariyalur. This year’s attempt at the examination would have been his third.
All parties in the state, across the political divide, expressed their condolences, and outrage over NEET, following news of Jothisri’s death. The Opposition, meanwhile, trained its guns on the national level exam,
Chief Minister Edapaddi K Palaniswami tweeted, “It is distressing to see students, the hope for the future, taking such steps.”

Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam stated, “Students should learn to face any situation with guts and parents should aid them in this.” Leader of Opposition and DMK chief Stalin expressed shock over the death, but said killing oneself was not the solution. “We can realise from the death of Anitha (a medical aspirant who died of suicide in 2017) to Jothisri Durga that NEET is severely affecting students,” he tweeted. “I repeat, suicide is not a solution; NEET is not an exam at all. #BanNeet_SaveTNStudents.”

DMK Youth Wing secretary and Stalin’s son, Udhayanidhi visited the family and provided assistance of Rs 5 lakh.PMK MP Dr Anbumani Ramadoss, whose party is an NDA constituent, condoled the student’s death and expressed his sympathies with her family. “#SayNoToNEET #BanNEET,” the PMK Youth Wing leader tweeted.

Those who are having thoughts of suicide or who they think an acquaintance might do, can contact the Sneha Foundation on 044-24640050, which is available 24x7. Such people can also call the Tata Institute of Social Sciences on 022-25521111, which is available from Monday to Saturday from 8 am to 10 pm.

Hindusthan Samachar