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Monday, September 4, 2017

Anitha suicide: Death of drowntrodden common in unequal society, says filmmaker Pa Ranjith - India Today


Ranjith, who is also the director of Rajinikanth's Kabali and Kaala stated that the death of down trodden people in a society which is unequal is unfortunately common.

 | Edited by Bijin Jose
Chennai, September 2, 2017 | UPDATED 17:40 IST


HIGHLIGHTS
  • Pa Ranjith said that death of downtrodden people was common in an unequal society.
  • Anitha, an MBBS aspirant, ended her life on Friday.
  • Ranjith also slammed state and Central governments.

Following the footsteps of superstars Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan, noted filmmaker Pa Ranjith too has come forward to express grief over the  suicide of Ariyalur Dalit girl Anitha .

Ranjith, who is also the director of Rajinikanth's Kabali and Kaala stated that the death of downtrodden people in a society which is unequal is unfortunately common.

Anitha, an MBBS aspirant, ended her life on Friday after discovering that she cannot become a doctor due to the introduction of National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) exams.

Anita scored 1,176 marks out of 1200 in class 12 and a cutoff over 196. Had there been no NEET exams, she could have easily got into a medical college.

However, the introduction of NEET even after the state government's continuous promise to get exemptions, Anitha got 86 for 700. Anitha took forward the legal fight against NEET stating that a common exam is unconstitutional when the downtrodden are not given equal chance.

But, after the Supreme Court's verdict and the poor coordination of the State government, it became evident that Tamil Nadu cannot get exemption from NEET anymore.
Anitha was a daughter of a daily wager and could not afford any special coaching or did not have more chances.

Pa Ranjith, who went to Ariyalur to pay his last respects to Anitha claimed said, "even after acquiring very good marks in class 10 and class 12 her dreams were shattered as more harsh weapons like NEET were being created. The main objective seems to be like curb the entry of the downtrodden into institutions just like IIT."

The Kaala director stated that an innocent girl decided to take her life after battling all the odds and coming to realise that she cannot succeed. He sad that the incident only raised the question as to for whom does the government function.

Countless protests were seen all across the state by student bodies and political parties and the blame has fallen upon both the state and Central governments. Protestors claimed that false hope was given to children about NEET.

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