Hailing from a village in the Ariyalur district, around 300 kilometers from here, she was the daughter of a laborer. She had scored only 86 marks out of 700 in Neet.
Tamil Nadu and other states have been opposing NEET being the sole basis for medical college admissions on grounds that it favoured CBSE students, and had sought an exemption from the entrance test.
Union Minister and PMK leader Anbumani Ramadoss has blamed the central and the state governments after such a pathetic incident took place on Friday. She had claimed that since her father was daily wage worker she could not afford coaching classes for NEET which students from the urban area could.
Medical college admissions in Tamil Nadu were conducted exclusively based on the Plus Two examination marks until 2016.
Anitha was one of the many students who were in shock to know that they had to compete once again in NEET exams to get a medical seat.
Facing pressure from other parties, Tamil Nadu government approached the Centre for exemption.
The girl was earlier in the day found hanging from the ceiling in her house, media reports said.
On August 22, the Supreme Court asked the state government to start counselling for admissions for MBBS and BDS seats in the state based on the NEET merit list and complete the process by September 4.
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam working president M.K. Stalin also urged students not to take extreme steps. "If Amma (Jayalalithaa) was alive, she would have saved the State from the injustice of the NEET", he said.
"I don't know what NEET is, and my father who has done his best to give me a good education, can not afford NEET coaching classes", Anitha said then.
He also promised a government job to one of Anitha's family members in line with their educational qualification.
Dr. G. Ravindranath, general secretary of Doctors' Association for Social Equality said the failure to get Presidential assent to NEET exemption Bills led to Anitha's death.
Anitha's suicide was the third suicide of a student reported in the last 24 hours after a college student near Madurai and another University student in Puducherry had committed suicide after taking part in the Blue Whale challenge.