NEET Controversy: A young medical aspirant and his father end their lives in despair.
Chennai, 14 August(City Times): NEET Controversy: A 19-year-old medical aspirant, Jagatheeswaran, ended his life after failing to clear the NEET exam on his second attempt, leaving his dreams shattered. The tragic incident sent shockwaves across Tamil Nadu, where the controversial exam has faced criticism for its impact on students’ mental health.
Father’s Devastating Response
Stricken by grief over his son’s suicide, Jagatheeswaran’s father, Selvasekar, took his own life, adding to the tragic chain of events. The double suicide unfolded in Chromepet near Tambaram in Chennai, highlighting the devastating consequences of the intense pressure surrounding NEET.
NEET and Its Toll
The high-stakes nature of the NEET exam, which determines entrance into medical colleges, has led to multiple instances of student suicides in recent years. The failure to clear the exam or the fear of attempting it has driven several young lives to tragic ends.
CM’s Call for Hope
Chief Minister M K Stalin expressed deep condolences for the father-son duo’s demise and urged students to resist despair. He promised that the Tamil Nadu government is actively working towards abolishing NEET, acknowledging the concerns about its impact on students’ futures.
Stalin also seized the moment to criticize the Governor’s stance against the anti-NEET legislation. The Governor’s opposition to the bill, which aims to counter the exam’s influence, has raised questions about his alignment with coaching-centric education systems.