The Kerala Human Rights Commission on Monday filed a case against a group of NEET invigilators for allegedly harassing girls candidates over dress code. The commission has also directed the CBSE regional director to submit clarification on the incident within three weeks.
Earlier, the Kerala Women's Commission has ordered a probe into the incident.
The Human Rights Commission’s move came after a girl appeared for NEET exam at a centre in Kannur disclosed that she was told by an invigilator to remove her top innerwear, in the name of adhering to the CBSE dress code.
The 19-year-old candidate’s mother said her daughter was asked to remove her bra before writing the exam.
The girl appeared for the examination on Sunday at a centre at Pariyaram in Kannur.
After my daughter entered the exam centre, she came out and handed me her bra, saying she had been asked to remove it as per the CBSE dress codeThe girl’s mother
The girl’s mother also claimed that the invigilator directed her to remove her bra after a metal detector emitted a "beep sound", as her inner wear had a metal hook in it.
Kannur District Police Chief G Siva Vikaram said the police will register a case in connection with the case if parents of girls filed a complaint.
“So far we have not received any complaint. The Special Branch has been asked to look into the incidentG Siva Vikaram, Kannur District Police Chief
National Eligibility cum Entrance Test or NEET-UG is an entrance examination for students who wish to study any graduate medical course in the country.
Different centres in the state also reported instances of girls being asked to remove their head scarves and full sleeve dresses of both girls and boys being cut off.
The issue echoed in the state assembly, which is in session, with Education Minister C Raveendranath saying the government would look into the matter.
However, state education department sources said the state had no role in the conduct of the NEET exam. All directions on its conduct was being given by CBSE, they said.
V M Sudheeran, former state unit chief of the Congress, condemned the incident and said that the the ordeal of the girl was cruel and a blot on the state. He also demanded a probe into the matter.
CPI(M) MP P K Sreemathi said action would be taken against those responsible for the act if the girl failed to qualify as she had been "mentally harassed".