On Saturday, 19-year-old girl, a NEET aspirant, died of suicide as she was worried over the NEET, the police said. Jothisri Durga, the victim was found hanging at her residence. She also left a suicide note behind her. As per the police, the note said she was “apprehensive” though others had “high hopes” on her.
Days before another NEET aspirant of Ariyalur also died by suicide.
DMK president MK Stalin said the NEET “is not an exam at all.”
Palaniswami expressed grief on Twitter over the sad incident. He said that students have many roads to achieve success and taking such extreme steps was distressing. He expressed his sympathies with the family of the girl.
“Students should learn to face any situation with guts and parents should aid them in this,” the deputy chief minister, also the AIADMK Coordinator, said.
Leader of the Opposition in the Tamil Nadu Assembly, Stalin, expressed shock over the suicide. However, he also said that killing oneself was not the solution.
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. Dr S Ramadoss, the party founder also called for abandoning the exam.
MDMK founder and Rajya Sabha MP Vaiko slammed the BJP-led Centre, saying suicides of students in the state were happening due to the “imposition” of NEET on them.
Vaiko also said that despite students securing high marks in class 12th, poorer section students were filtered in NEET thus destroying their medical dreams.
He said in a statement that cancelling the NEET can only prevent these deaths from happening.
Leader of Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam and independent legislator, TTV Dhinakaran and Makkal Needhi Maiam founder Kamal Haasan also expressed pain over Durga’s death.