Pall of gloom descends on Peruvalur village as Pradeepa is laid to rest in Tamil Nadu

Thousands, including leaders, pay homage to girl who committed suicide after failing NEET.

Published: 07th June 2018 03:21 AM  |   Last Updated: 07th June 2018 03:21 AM   |  A+A-

Collector L Subramanian and SP S Jeyakumar paying homage to Pradeepa in Villupuram on Wednesday | Express

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VILLUPURAM: Thousands of people, along with leaders of various political parties, paid homage to Pradeepa, who was laid to rest on Wednesday. The 18-year-old had committed suicide after failing to secure a MBBS seat due to a low score in the NEET entrance exam.     

On Tuesday, her body was brought to her village, Peruvalur near Gingee, after autopsy and kept at the Ambedkar association ground. Various leaders, including DMK working president M K Stalin, AMMK deputy secretary T T V Dinakaran, and MDMK party functionary Mallai Sathya, had paid homage.  

On Wednesday, thousands from various villages in and around Peruvalur paid their last respects to her. Political leaders, including VCK president Thol Thirumavalavan, Congress State president S Thirunavukarasar, CPM former state secretary G Radhakrishnan, CPI state secretary R Mutharasan and Naam Tamizhar Katchi president Seeman too paid homage to her. On behalf of Tamil Nadu government, Villupuram district collector L Subramanian paid his respects.

In the evening, the body was shifted to her house for last rites, before being taken to the cemetery for burial.  Tight security arrangements were made in and around the village, under Villupuram range Deputy Inspector General Santosh Kumar and district Superintendent of Police, S Jeyakumar.

Upset over poor NEET score, 18-year-old girl from Chennai leaves home

Chennai: An 18-year-old girl, who allegedly scored low marks in NEET, went missing two days ago. R Kotheshwari, a resident of the Secretariat Colony, was last seen on Monday morning, the day when NEET results were announced. “She had informed her parents she was going to check her score and did not return,” said the victim’s father in his complaint.

“She had also left behind a note in which she had mentioned that she was upset about scoring low marks and hence was leaving the house,” the father said in his complaint. Kotheshwari completed Plus-Two in 2017 and attended NEET, but failed then.  She reappeared this year. Police said her mobile network was last active at Nellore in Andhra Pradesh. The Secretariat Colony police have registered a case and are further investigating.

Palaniswami grants solatium of Rs 7 lakh to family members

Chennai: Expressing deep grief over the suicide of Pradeepa of Peravalur village in Villupuram district after she could not pass NEET, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Wednesday granted a solatium of Rs 7 lakh to her family.

Announcing this in the Assembly, the Chief Minister appealed to students not to take such extreme steps since the government would always stand for their welfare. Leader of Opposition, MK Stalin, while welcoming the grant, explained the poor economic background of the family and urged the CM to provide government employment to one family member.


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