A 19-year-old NEET Aspirant S. Jagatheeswaran committed suicide after not being able to clear the NEET exam on his second attempt. In the shocking turn of events, the very next day, Jagatheeswaran’s father Selvasekar who could not handle the sorrow, hanged himself.
The Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin raised his concern over the incident stating, “When I learned that NEET applicant Jegadeeswaran from Chromepet had killed himself, I was horrified. The day after I considered how to console his parents, his father Selvasekar also committed suicide. I’m not sure how to console Jegadeeswaran’s loved ones or friends. It is terrible that a talented student who aspired to be a doctor has now added his or her name to the list of NEET suicides.”Referring to NEET as an Obstacle in the way of students who want to become doctors, he added “Tamil Nadu government will take legal actions to remove NEET.”
The Chief Minister urged NEET candidates to overcome any suicidal thoughts they may have and approach life with confidence. He predicted that the hurdles put up by NEET will crumble in a few months when “political change takes place.” In reference to the reported comment made by Governor R N Ravi on the Tamil Nadu Assembly resolution on NEET exemption, he remarked, “Then, all those who say ‘I will not sign’ will disappear. Stalin said, “I offer my deepest solace to the demise of Jagatheeswaran and his father.”
In an interview prior to his death, Selvasekar said, “We enrolled him (Jagatheeswaran) in a tutoring facility to retake the NEET test after he twice failed it. The NEET test was not abolished, despite Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin’s promise in his campaign to save children’s lives by doing so. Nobody should have to deal with this scenario, I am a single parent. The CM needs to act right away.”