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NEET frisking row: Girls forced to remove underwear allowed to retake exam

The National Testing Agency said it will reconduct the NEET exam for girl students who were allegedly asked to remove their underwear during frisking ahead of taking the medical entrance test.

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The National Testing Agency (NTA) said it will reconduct the NEET exam for girl students who were allegedly asked to remove their underwear during frisking ahead of taking the medical entrance test.

The girls will be given the option to take the exam on September 4. The NTA has sent an email confirming the same to students.

A massive row had erupted after reports emerged that young girls were asked to remove her innerwear before entering the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) examination centre in Kerala’s Kollam district.

In July, a man filed a complaint with the Kottarakara police and said that female NEET aspirants, including his daughter, were asked to remove their bras before entering the examination centre in Chathamangalam.

According to reports, students were forced to take off their innerwear before entering the exam centre as the metal hooks on their bras were a ‘security concern’.

An FIR was then registered under sections 354 (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 509 (Word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code.

Police arrested seven people in connection with the case. The arrested include two members of college staff who were present at the NEET exam centre and three of the agency that was entrusted with the security of the centre. All accused eventually got bail.

Following outrage and widespread protests over the alleged incident, the Human Rights Commission directed Kollam rural SP to investigate the matter and submit a report within 15 days.

The National Commission for Women and the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights had also sought action against personnel involved in the incident.

The NTA had also set up a three-member fact-finding committee to probe the allegations and submit its report in four weeks.

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