Srinagar: A female candidate who appeared at a NEET centre on Sunday in Kannur, Kerala claimed she had to remove her innerwear before sitting for the entrance test, a media report said. Other women candidates too faced a harrowing experience due to a strict dress code in force, the report added.

The anguished candidate told media persons after attempting the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) — conducted for admission to undergraduate medical courses in government and private medical colleges in the country — that she was asked by the examination centre’s officials to remove her innerwear, the report said.

“My daughter went inside the centre, only to return later and hand me her top innerwear,” the candidate’s mother was quoted in the report as saying.

Those living in the vicinity of the school where the NEET centre was set up came forward to help candidates by giving them suitable clothes to wear, the report added.

“I know of a Muslim family which gave six tops to candidates to wear. Even more shocking was the fact that authorities did not permit anyone to wear full-sleeved top. Those wearing such sleeves had to cut it to make it short-sleeved,” another parent was quoted in the report as saying.

“The ordeal is over but it’s debatable how many female candidates would have been able to write the exam properly after they were subjected to so much humiliation. I will write to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to seek action against those responsible,” state Mahila Congress President Bindhu Krishna was quoted as saying.

The Centre Board of Secondary Education organised NEET 2017 on Sunday in as many as 104 cities across the country, for which more than 11 lakh aspirants had registered.

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