Kerala: 5 Women Arrested For Forcing Girls To Take Off Innerwear During NEET

National Testing Agency (NTA) denies any such incident reported at the examination center in Kollam, police investigates.

Mumbai: Kerala Police on Monday detained five women who were on duty at the exam center in relation to the claimed incident where female students were asked to remove their innerwear in order to appear for the NEET (Medical entrance) test. The police registered a case over the incident under sections 354, and 509 of IPC at Chadayamangalam police station. The women are being questioned about the incident.

“Three of them were associated with the external agency which was deputed to frisk the students and two others are staff of the institute where the exam was held. They are being questioned to ascertain their alleged role in the incident,” DIG R Nishanthini, in charge of the investigation said.

The said incident took place at Marthoma Institute of Information and Technology in Kollam which terrified the students and disturbed them mentally prior to the exam. One of the girl’s father had registered a complaint regarding this incident. He said that when his daughter refused to remove her inner wear, she was told not to take the exam. “Many others faced the same situation. There were many in that room weeping. When the students didn’t agreed to remove their inner wear, they were asked whether their future or inner wear was important,” he said in his complaint.

The same day, 4 more girls approached the police for the same incident hence the matter is taken seriously.

Many student have started protesting outside the college, the protest turned violent when furious student began pelting stones at the college damaging its window. The police tried to stop the agitated student and diffuse them.

The NTA on Monday claimed that they didn’t find any such incident taking place in the centre. “The candidate did take the examination. There was no representation/ complaint to any one during or immediately after the examination. Nor has NTA received any email/ complaint in this regard.”

The dress code guideline for NEET are fair ,it ensures the sensitivity of one’s gender,culture or religion, as per NTA.

Kerala’s Higher Education Minister Dr. R. Bindu told TOI , “It was most unfortunate that those who organised the examination in the state took such an extreme step towards girls. It’s nothing but a human rights violation and the state government will protest and seek stern action against those who have done this to the students. Such incidents shouldn’t happen in future.”


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