TN CM had announced Rs 7 lakh as compensation for the family

Anithas family refuses to accept state compensation until NEET is scrapped entirely
news NEET Monday, September 04, 2017 - 09:49

The family of S Anitha, the medical aspirant who committed suicide on Friday, have refused to accept the Rs.7 lakh compensation announced by the state, reports TNIE.

According to reports, Ariyalur district collector G Lakshmipriya visited Anitha's family and repeatedly attempted ot hand over the cheque. Shortly after her death, Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami had announced a monetary compensation and also promised a government job for one member of their family.

The family has reportedly refused to accept the amount and vowed to not take any benefit from the government till the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test or NEET is scrapped in total.

Sendurai inspector K Karunanidhi told TNIE, “The Collector tried to convince Anitha’s family that it is not in her hands to ban NEET and again tried to persuade them into accepting the solatium. But  the family was firm in their decision.”

For this poor Dalit family from a remote village, this is a strong decision. The family runs of the income of Anitha’s father Shanmugham, who is a casual labourer, and her brother Sathish, who works in a bank. Anitha has four brothers - Maniratnam, Sathish, Pandian and Arun. While Arun and Pandian are studying Engineering in Ariyalur and Tiruchi, Maniratnam is studying to clear the UPSC exam and become an IAS officer.

Despite their meagre means, Shanmugham has always wanted the best of education for his children. And when Anitha told him she wanted to become a doctor, he did everything in his power to make it happen. However, after she failed to clear NEET and obtain the requisite marks for a medical seat, the girl who took the fight to the Supreme Court, was found hanging in her home.

 

 

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