September 11, 2017
Tamil superstar Vijay met the parents of Anitha, the Dalit girl who spearheaded the fight against the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) exam and committed suicide when she failed to join the MBBS course.
The daughter of a daily wage labourer, 17-year-old Anitha was one of the respondents against NEET in a Supreme Court case.
Despite scoring 1,176 in her class XII State Board examinations, she was unable to join the MBBS course due to low scores in NEET.
In a series of pictures released on social media, Vijay is seen seated in Anitha's hut with her father and family members.
The suicide of Anitha sent shock waves across Tamil Nadu.
Actors Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan had expressed grief over the incident.
Describing the whole incident as "unfortunate", superstar Rajinikanth had tweeted: "What has happened to Anitha is extremely unfortunate. My heart goes out to all the pain and agony she would have undergone before taking this drastic step. My condolences to her family."
Kamal Haasan had told reporters: "We need to ensure that no student should take such drastic step in the future. This is not the end. We will fight and win. We have to make our argument louder in court."