Family of TN girl who committed suicide refuses to take govt's Rs 7 lakh
Anitha had scored 1,176 marks out of 1,200 in her class XII board examinations but was unable to get admission to a medical college because she did not do well on the NEET exam.? Photograph: (DNA)
The family of Anitha -- the 17-year-old Dalit girl who committed suicide in Tamil Nadu -- has refused to accept the Rs 7 lakh the state government had promised them.
Anitha was found hanging in her home on Friday.
She had allegedly killed herself because the Supreme Court had turned down her petition that admission to medical colleges not be given only on the basis of the National Entrance-cum-Eligibility Test.
Anitha had scored 1,176 marks out of 1,200 in her class XII board examinations but was unable to get admission to a medical college because she did not do well on the NEET exam.
She told the SC that the exam worked against students from rural areas.
There had been widespread protests in Tamil Nadu over her suicide, with the protesters blaming the central government for Anitha's death.
The filmstar Rajnikanth had also offered his condolences to the family.
The family, the Hindu newspaper reported, had earlier accepted a cheque for Rs 10 lakh from DMK working president MK Stalin.
But when the Ariyalur district collector and superintendent of police tried to offer them a cheque for Rs 7 lakh from the state government, the family refused to accept it.
The family said Anitha had died because Tamil Nadu was still subject to the ambit of the NEET exam.
And that they would accept the money only when that no longer remained the case.
The Hindu reported the DC as saying the family had seemed reluctant to accept the money, but that the authorities would wait for some time.
In the meantime, the authorities have offered a job to one member of Anitha's family.
Anitha is survived by her father and four brothers. She lost her mother early.
The Hindu reported the DC as saying the job given would depend on the educational qualifications of the family member.