Tamil Nadu

Govt. offers ₹7 lakh solatium, but Anitha’s family says no

The family members of Anitha, the medical aspirant who committed suicide on Friday owing to her inability to secure an MBBS seat, have refused to accept ₹7 lakh in compensation announced by the State government.

According to sources, the deceased’s father, Shanmugam, politely refused to accept a cheque for ₹7 lakh, offered by Collector G. Laxmi Priya and Superintendent of Police Abinav Kumar, when the latter visited his house at Kuzhumur village in Ariyalur district on Sunday to offer their condolences to the bereaved family.

After offering floral tribute to Anitha, Ms. Priya consoled Shanmugam and his four sons.

But when she handed the cheque to Mr. Shanmugam, he refused to accept it, saying he will not receive any compensation from the government until the State was exempted from the ambit of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) — the cause for which his daughter had fought until her last breath.

“We met the bereaved [family] members. They showed reluctance in accepting the compensation. However, we will wait for some more time,” Ms. Priya told The Hindu.

She said that she had also offered a government job to one of the family members. The nature of the job would be based on the educational qualifications of the beneficiary.

“Necessary steps would be taken once they furnish the required information,” the Collector said.

Chief Minister Edapaddi K. Palaniswami had announced relief for the victim’s family after offering his condolences to them.

Mr. Shanmugam had earlier accepted a cheque for ₹10 lakh from DMK working president M.K. Stalin, when the latter visited his house to offer condolences on behalf of his party.

Meanwhile, M. Chandrakasi, Member of Parliament, Chidambaram constituency, and R.T. Ramachandran, MLA, Kunnam constituency, also paid a visit and offered condolences to the bereaved.

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