A girl student from Kerala, who had alleged that she was asked by the authorities to remove her innerwear before being allowed to write the NEET paper on May 6, has filed a police complaint alleging that the invigilator stared at her “inappropriately”.
The authorities had asked the girl, who appeared for the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) at the Lion’s school at Koppam in Palakkad, to remove her brassieres because it had metal hooks. They added that the hooks would set off a metal detector. Other girls also had to remove their inner wear.
According to a PTI report, a case has been registered under Section 509 (eveteasing by word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the IPC based on the girl’s complaint and investigations have begun.
According to the complainant, the girl student was not comfortable writing the examination as a male external observer kept staring at her “inappropriately”.
The invigilator allegedly made the girl uncomfortable as he came and stood next to her several times. The girl alleged that he “kept on staring” at her because of which she could not complete her exam.
“The invigilator came and stood before her several times. He did not look at her face.. but at her chest. she tried to cover herself with the question paper,” her sister told television channels.
“My sister was mentally tensed. The invigilator came near her two to three times.. she found it difficult to write the exam properly, she was uncomfortable,” she added.
Police said they had begun investigations and were trying to talk to other students who had appeared for the test in the same school.
Last year, a similar controversy had erupted after a girl student from Kannur complained that she was forced to remove her inner wear to write the test.
(With agency inputs)