The issue came to light on Monday when the father of a 17-year-old girl told the media that his daughter, who was taking her first-ever NEET exam, had to sit for the over 3-hour-long exam without a bra.
Kollam, Kerala: Police in Kerala have opened a case after it was said that young women and girls who took the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) in the Kollam district were asked to take off their bras before they could take the test.
Police said that a case has been filed under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) Sections 354 [Assault or criminal force to a woman with the intent to outrage her modesty] and 509 [Word, gesture, or act meant to insult a woman’s modesty] after a girl said she was humiliated while taking the NEET exam on Sunday at a private educational institute in Ayur, Kollam district.
They said that the case was opened after a group of women officers took the girl’s statement. They also said that an investigation had been started and that the alleged friskers would be caught soon.
On Monday, the father of a 17-year-old girl told the media that his daughter, who was taking her first-ever NEET exam, was still traumatized by the fact that she had to take the over 3-hour-long exam without a bra.
The father told a TV station that his daughter was dressed according to the NEET bulletin’s dress code, which didn’t say anything about underwear.
Several youth groups held protests against the incident and asked for action to be taken against those involved.
The incident is also being looked into by the Kerala State Human Rights Commission. The Commission told the Kollam Rural Superintendent of Police to give a report within 15 days.
Tens of thousands of people who want to be doctors find it very hard to pass the NEET security check. Candidates are asked not to bring any paper with them, and there is a strict dress code that says they can’t wear wallets, handbags, belts, caps, jewelry, shoes, or heels.