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19-year-old girl commits suicide after the Supreme Court rejects the deferment of NEET Exam

On the 17th of August, the Supreme Court of India rejected a plea asking for the postponement of JEE Mains and NEET Undergraduate examinations, which were scheduled in September even amongst all the COVID-19 chaos. The court

indicated that the reason for this rejection is that they did not want one precious year of the students to be wasted and wanted their life to move on.

But this decision backlashed after a 19- year- old girl called Subhashri, a resident of Coimbatore committed suicide at her residence on the 19th of August due to anxiety. Her NEET attempt in 2019 failed as she couldn't get the minimum cut off grade to qualify for the medical college admission. So essentially, she had been preparing for the NEET Exam for two years now and also attended classes at a nearby coaching centre. She was depressed and had severe anxiety about the upcoming exam.

Locking herself in her room later that noon she did not come out for hours even after calls from all her family members. Four hours later, the door was broke open and the teenager was found to have died by hanging. Sources said that the fear of the upcoming exam is what made her take this decision. This case is further being investigated for more evidence regarding the reason for suicide.

Meanwhile, DMK MLA N Karthik visited the victim's house and said that the party Chief M K Stalin expressed deep shock over the incident. The MLA urged the Centre to immediately cancel NEET examination for admission to medical courses. So, the Centre is currently under tremendous pressure to postpone the exams for a further date from different regions in the country.

Reporter: Jaya Anisika S