Police Case Against Those Who Forced Girls To Remove Bra At Kerala NEET Exam Centre
In Kerala, police have opened an investigation into an alleged incident in which female students who took the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test, or NEET, were allegedly told to take off their bras in order to take the test in the Kollam district.
On the basis of a complaint from a girl who allegedly encountered the humiliating experience while taking the NEET exam at a private educational institute in Ayur in the Kollam district on Sunday, police said a case has been registered under Indian Penal Code (IPC) Sections 354 [Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty] and 509 [Word, gesture, or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman].
They added that an investigation had been started and that the friskers who were allegedly involved in the conduct would soon be detained. The complaint was registered when a group of female officers recorded the girl’s statement.
The problem was made public on Monday when a 17-year-old girl’s father told the media that his daughter was taking her first-ever NEET exam and was still reeling from the painful experience of having to take the more than 3-hour-long exam without a bra.
The father had stated to a television station that his daughter was dressed in accordance with the NEET bulletin’s dress code, which made no mention of undergarments. Several youth organisations had protested the incident and demanded punishment for those responsible.
An probe into the event has also been requested by the Kerala State Human Rights Commission. The Kollam Rural Superintendent of Police has been instructed by the Commission to submit a report within 15 days. For thousands of medical students, passing the NEET security inspection is a major obstacle. Candidates are urged to refrain from carrying paper and adhere to a rigid dress code that forbids the wearing of wallets, handbags, belts, hats, jewellery, shoes, and heels.
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