In a disgraceful incident in Kannur, few of the female students were asked by the invigilators to remove their bra to adhere to the dress code for the NEET exam as prescribed by the CBSE. The invigilators also asked the students to remove their top and jeans, only a few minutes before the exam.
According to TOI, the candidates who appeared for the examination at TISK English Medium School at Kovvappuram near Kunhimangalam in Payyannur, the girls were asked to remove their bra with metal hooks or buttons because the CBSE rules did not permit them to allow metallic items inside the examination halls.
“They asked me to change the bra, but this is mentioned nowhere in NEET instructions. It was already 9.20 AM and I had only 10 minutes to enter the hall. I asked them to permit me to use the toilet to change, but they refused.”
“There were no houses nearby. Thankfully, only lady invigilators and staff were present at the entry point. So I removed it from there itself”, cried the girl.
“It is shocking that my daughter had to undergo such an ordeal and remove her bra to appear for the examination but there was no other option and she was forced to do so,” said Renuka, mother of a girl who appeared for the exam.
“I am a teacher and I know the psychology of the teenagers; this will definitely affect their confidence, and we are thinking of taking legal measures,” she added.
The girl said though she appeared for the examination after undergoing coaching in Thrissur for one year, the incident shattered her. “I am a 19-year-old girl and such incidents shatter us beyond imagination. I don’t know how I appeared for the examination,” she said.
Another parent, Rajesh Nambiar, said his daughter had to change her pair of jeans because it had metal buttons and pockets.
Many girls faced similar ordeal but they and their parents kept quiet, said Rajesh.
“After the examination, I came to know that a Muslim family in the neighborhood gave the dress to at least six girls and some of them had to cut the sleeves of these dresses too as the rules did not permit full sleeve tops,” he said.
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