At least three aspiring medical studies in Tamil Nadu died of suicide on the eve of the NEET, leading all political parties except the state-run BJP to step up their demand to exclude the state from the entrance examination.
In Madurai, Dharmapuri and Namakkal districts, a woman and two men, aged between 19 and 21, were found hanging in their homes. In the last three years, Tamil Nadu has experienced a rash of suicides during pre-medical exams. The NEET is due to take place on Sunday.
Opposition parties led by the DMK have slammed the BJP-helmed Center for pushing the NEET in Tamil Nadu forward. The ruling AIADMK even resisted the test, ruining the youth’s deaths.
Jothisri Durga and Adithya allegedly ended their lives in Madurai and Dharmapuri by hanging, say police and district officials. Motilal, 21, from Tiruchengode in Namakkal district was also found hanging in his home, police said, adding he had appeared twice for the NEET earlier.
Durga, a sub-inspector ‘s daughter, said she was “apprehensive” about the NEET in a supposed suicide note, while others had “high hopes” on her, police said.
Last year Adithya appeared for the NEET but was unable to clear it out. He ‘d been planning ever since. Collector S Dharmapuri. Malarvizhi said the parents of Adithya had gone to Salem to see the centre when the youngsters killed themselves.
Palaniswami tweeted: “To see students is distressing, to have hope for the future, to take such steps.”
Panneerselvam tweeted: “Students should learn to cope with guts in any situation and parents should support them in that.”
Minister of education for schools K.A. Sengottaiyan said the government of Tamil Nadu was opposed to the NEET and urged the Center to exclude the state from the examination.
Stalin, the opposition leader at the Tamil Nadu Assembly, tweeted: “We can see from the deaths … that NEET affects students badly. I reiterate, suicide is not a solution; NEET is absolutely not a test. # SaveTNStudents “he said.