Kollam: A teenager from Kerala’s Kollam, one of several other girls who were allegedly forced to remove their undergarments before the NEET medical entrance exam on Sunday, described her humiliation as she sat for the exam.
It was a “very bad experience”, the 17-year-old said while choking up as she shared the chronology of events at the NEET.
“They called me and said there would be scanning. We thought they would let us go after the scan but they made us stand in two queues – one for girls wearing bras without metal hooks, and the other line…,” the girl was quoted as saying by NDTV.
“They asked me, are you wearing underwear with a metal hook? I said yes, so was asked to join that line.”
“They asked us to remove our bra and put it on a table. All the bras were bunched together. We didn’t even know if we would get ours back when we returned. It was crowded when we came back. It was a scramble, but I got mine,” NDTV quoted the girl as saying.
“They said take your bra in your hand and leave, no need to wear them. We were very embarrassed to hear that. But everyone waited to change. It was dark and there was no place to change…it was a terrible experience. When we were writing the exam, we put our hair in front as we had no shawl to cover ourselves…There were boys and girls and it was really difficult and uncomfortable,” alleged the girl.
The incident came to light when the father of one of the girls, a 17-year-old, lodged a complaint to the police. “90 per cent of the girls had to remove their inners before writing the exam and were sobbing,” the father had reportedly said.
“Is your future or innerwear big for you? Just remove it and don’t waste our time (sic),” the father’s complaint quoted security personnel as saying. A couple of more complaints were filed on Tuesday.
The National Commission for Women has termed the event “shameful and outrageous to the modesty of young girls.”