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Chepauk crowd shows solidarity with Anitha Bannett
By SMCS - Sep 17, 2017 6:50 pm
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Flashlights at Chepauk

On Sunday India and Australia played an ODI at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai after a huge gap of 30 years.

In the Sunday ODI, Indian skipper Virat Kohli has chosen to bat first after winning the toss but the decision backfired as India’s top order failed to perform, thanks to some quality bowling from Nathan Coulter. Indian team was down to 87 for 5 but then came MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya for rescue and cruised away with a partnership of 118 runs.

The match faced a rain interruption after the end of 1st innings as Dhoni helped the men in blue to reach to a total of 281-7. The halted for around 3 hours due to rain but at 8 o’ clock, the Chepauk crowd put on the flashlights of their mobile phones.

It was nothing but a solidarity for an aspiring doctor Anitha Bannett, who committed suicide after the Supreme Court made the NEET as the only basis for medical admissions. The SC braced the decision that the scores in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) will determine the admissions and not the other tests.

A photo also went viral on WhatsApp which read ‘Chepauk mobile flashlights 8:00 PM in solidarity with Doctor Anitha #Bannett’ and the crowds didn’t step back from doing so. Chennai crowd has protested a lot about the death of this 17-year-old girl and thus a lot of support was seen.

Anitha had got just 86 marks out of 700 in the NEET whereas she had an amazing score in the state government held exam and later hung herself.  According to the media reports, her lawyer P.B. Suresh Babu said that she had scored 196.75 for medical cut-off and 199.75 for engineering cut-off, whereas her plus 2 score was 1,176 marks out of 1,200. We have to say that it was a good step from the unified crowd of Chennai.

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