NEET girl candidate ‘harassed’ over dress code

In a shocking incident, a female candidate appearing for NEET exam at a centre in Kannur was allegedly told by an invigilator to remove her top innerwear, in the name of adhering to the CBSE dress code.

A female security personnel asked the girl to remove her undergarments to ensure that she is not carrying any cheating materials.

The mother of the 19-year-old candidate, who appeared for the examination yesterday at a centre at Pariyaram in Kannur, claimed that her daughter was asked to remove her top inner wear before writing the exam.

“After my daughter entered the exam centre, she came out and handed me her bra, saying that she has been asked to remove it as per the CBSE dress code,” the girl’s mother said.

She alleged the invigilator had directed her daughter to do so after a metal detector emitted a “beep sound”.There was apparently a metal hook in the innerwear, which set off the sound.

“A case would be registered if the parents or the girl filed a complaint,” said Kannur District Police Chief G  Siva Vikaram.

“We have not received any complaints yet. The Special Branch has been asked to look into the incident,” he said.

National Eligibility cum Entrance Test or NEET-UG is an entrance examination for the students who wish to pursue any graduate medical course in the country.

Different centres in the state have also reported various instances of girls being asked to remove their head scarves and full sleeve dresses of both girls and boys being cut off.

The issue echoed in the state assembly, which is in session, with Education Minister C Raveendranath saying that the government would look into the matter.

However, state education department sources said the state had no role in the conduct of the NEET exam. All directions on its conduct were being given by CBSE, they said.

The Kerala Women’s Commission has ordered a probe into the incident.


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