Chennai: Fearing failure in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), another student who aspired to become a doctor committed suicide in Tamil Nadu’s Vellore district. This is the third suicide in connection with the NEET exam in the last 3-4 days. Soundarya T, a 17-year-old student, committed suicide three days after appearing for the NEET exam held on September 12. She reportedly told her family that the paper was tough and she could not perform well in the exam. She was afraid that she would not be able to clear the NEET exam and was depressed since the exam. Also Read – NEET Scam: ₹5 Lakh To Write Exam, Probe Takes Police To Patna, Varanasi, Lucknow

As reported by The News Minute, on September 15, her parents had gone to work as usual and when her mother came back, she found Soundarya dead in her room. His body has been sent to Vellore Government Hospital and Medical College for postmortem.

Further investigation is being done in the matter.

Earlier, another medical aspirant in the state had died of suicide for fear of failing the national entrance-cum-eligibility test. The student has been identified as Kanimozhi, daughter of lawyer couple Karunanidhi and Vijayalakshmi. Her relatives reportedly revealed that Kanimozhi, who had topped her Class 12 board exams, was disappointed with her performance in the recently held NEET.

A 19-year-old man committed suicide near Salem on September 12, hours before appearing for the NEET exam. “The boy was found hanging by his mother in their house around 3.45 am and the family informed us,” a Mettur range police officer told reporters.

Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu Assembly on Monday passed a bill based on exemption from NEET and marks obtained by students in class 12th examination (intermediate) for admission to medical colleges. Chief Minister MK Stalin introduced the Tamil Nadu Admission to Undergraduate Medical Degree Courses Act-2021 and it was passed by voice vote.

The main opposition AIADMK, which had earlier walked out of the house, later came back to support the bill. Former Chief Minister and Leader of the Opposition K. Palaniswami had said that his party would extend its support to the bill. However, BJP members staged a walkout at the time of voting for the bill.


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