Published: 02nd September 2017
MBBS counseling goes on as usual as State erupts in protest over Anitha's suicide
Several parts of the city witnessed protests demanding justice for Anita's death
While the State erupts in protests over Anitha's suicide, hundreds of nervous students went about getting their MBBS seat at Omandurar Hospital on Saturday.
After the 17-year old girl's death sent shock waves across the State and the country, hundreds of protesters took to the streets to demand that Tamil Nadu stop conducting admissions through NEET and action be taken against the government for 'betraying' the people.
After the 17-year old girl's death sent shock waves across the State and the country, hundreds of protesters took to the streets to demand that Tamil Nadu stop conducting admissions through NEET and action be taken against the government for 'betraying' the people
As soon as news of the death came out, several came out to the streets to protest. On Saturday, protests took place in front of the chief minister's house, SFI protested in Tarapore and also near the secretariat, Anna Salai, Nungambakkam, Ashok Nagar at Ambedkar Thidal and several other smaller gatherings were present in other parts of the city. Police also arrested several groups and have detained them.
Despite fears that counselling might be put on hold due to the disturbances across the city, the selection committee went on without any hindrance. However, while the counselling is supposed to start at 10, on Saturday it started at 12 but officials said that the reason was to do with issue of private colleges surrendering their seats and had nothing to do with the protests.
While protesters are demanding a 'ban' on NEET, there seems to be little anyone can do now as the first phase of the counselling has already been conducted and is on to the second phase already. However, there is immense pressure on the government to bring about some sort of amendment for the benefit of State board students before any other student decided to take another such fatal step.