Incredible India: Female students forced to remove innerwear at exam

India: Kerala Higher education minister Dr. R Bindu on Monday asked the Centre to take strict action against the National Testing Agency, that was entrusted to conduct the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test Undergraduate exam (NEET UG), after news of female candidates being asked to remove their innerwear before entering the examination centre near Kollam area was reported.

The examination was conducted on July 17.

In a letter to the Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Bindhu said that she was ‘dismayed’ and ‘shocked’ at the news of ‘naked assault’ on the ‘dignity and honour’ of the girl students who appeared for NEET examination in a centre near Kollam in Kerala.

“An agency that has been entrusted with the conduct of the examination allegedly forced the girl participants to strip before entering the test centre for reasons known only to themselves. The shame and shock of this unexpected turn of events have affected the morale and composure of the students whose performance in the test was consequently affected,” the letter stated.

“I write to place on record that we take strong exception to such inhuman behaviour from an agency that has only been entrusted with the task of conducting the examination in a fair manner,” Bindu said.

A man in Kerala’s Kollam district filed a complaint with the Kottarakara police earlier today and said that female NEET aspirants, including his daughter, were asked to remove their innerwear before entering the examination centre in Chathamangalam.

The complainant said the students were “mentally tortured” and the dress code by the National Testing Agency (NTA) does not suggest removal of innerwear. The girl’s father claimed that at least 90 per cent of students were asked to remove their innerwear before taking the exam and were asked to dump them in a store room.