There have been anger and outrage after a group of girls were forced to remove their bra at a NEET exam centre in Kerala. The disturbing incident took place in the Kollam district in Kerala. Meanwhile, one girl, who was subjected to public humiliation, has shared her harrowing experience.
Kerala’s Higher Education Minister, R Bindu, said that she was writing to the central government and the National Testing Agency since they were responsible for conducting the NEET exam.
Terming the action ‘deplorable,’ Bindu said, ‘We’ve already launched an investigation and also written to the central government and the NTA since they are responsible agencies.”
Bindu said that action would have far-reaching consequences on the mental health of the children appearing for the NEET exam.
According to a student, who was forced to remove her innerwear, a lady inspector ordered her and others to remove their innerwear after a metal detector went off during the checks.
“Not only me, majority of the girl candidates were asked to remove their innerwear. We all removed (our innerwear) in violation of our self-respect and went into the examination hall. It was shameful and uncomfortable for us,” a girl student told India Today.
Some girls were seen crying inside the exam centre as they were forced to sit next to boys being forced to remove their innerwear.
A victim’s father said that some girls were asked to cut the hook of their bras and tie up their undergarments.
The local police have launched a probe against those responsible for carrying out the checks. “We have recorded the statement of the father and girl who complained. We will record more statements,” Deputy Superintendent V Vijayakumar was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.
Meanwhile, the Kerala Police have registered a case against friskers who forced girls to remove undergarments in the NEET exam.
The NTA, for its part, has termed the claims ‘fictitious’ saying that no girls were forced to remove their innerwear.