Srinagar: An 18-year-old in Kerala alleges that she was forced to remove her bra and another student says she had to change out of her jeans at an exam centre for the NEET or National Eligibility and Entrance Test for medical colleges on Sunday, a media report said on Tuesday. They were told it was for “security”, to prevent cheating, the report added.

When the metal detector beeped, a teen at a women-only exam centre in Kannur was allegedly ordered to take off her bra, the report said, adding that with just minutes to the exam, she had no choice

“My daughter went inside the centre only to return a few minutes later to hand over her bra,” her mother, a teacher, was quoted as saying. She added that she had to travel 2.5 km at 8.30 am to buy clothes because “dark-coloured lowers weren’t allowed”, the report added. Many others, accordin to her, went through the ordeal, the report said.

Lakhs of students across India took the NEET test for undergraduate medical courses. According to an official website, women candidates were to wear “light clothes with half sleeves not having big buttons or brooch/badge or flowers, with salwar/ trouser and slippers or sandals with low heels, not shoes.”

Complaints have surfaced from one centre in Kannur at the TISK English Medium School, the report said. Its principal, Jalaluddin K, was quoted as saying, “We have clear instructions that if the metal detector beeps, no one can be allowed inside. Whenever it beeped, we told students to remove what they have.”

He expressed surprise at the allegation that a teen was asked to remove her underwear. “I don’t know where this is coming from,” he was quoted as saying, adding that he had called a meeting of those involved in frisking at the school.
Many female candidates in Kashmir Valley were not allowed to sit in the examination hall with their Islamic veil. Kashmir Narrator reported one such case on Saturday where a female candidate was told in advance at an examination centre that such clothes won’t be allowed on examination day.

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