A teenager in Kerala’s Kollam, one of the many who were allegedly forced to remove her bra before Sunday’s NEET entrance exam, today described her humiliation as she sat for the exam, covering her hair to cover her chest.
It was a “very bad experience,” the 17-year-old said, choking on what happened at the center for NEET (National Eligibility and Entrance Test).
“They called me and said scans were going on. We thought they would let us go after the scan, but they made us stand in two lines — one for girls wearing bras with no metal hooks, and the other line…” she said.
“They asked me if you wear underwear with a metal hook? I said yes, so I was asked to join this snake.”
The girl said she could hardly understand what happened and why.
“They asked us to take off our bra and put it on a table. All the bras were balled up. We didn’t even know if we would get ours back when we came back. It was crowded when we came back. It was a mess, but I have mine,” she said, describing endlessly humbling moments before one of the most important exams a medical student can take.
Some girls cried with shame. One of the female security guards reportedly asked, “Why are you crying?”
With disturbing indifference, security guards ordered the girls to pick up their bras and move on.
“They said pick up your bra and go, you don’t have to wear them. We were very embarrassed to hear that. But everyone was waiting to change. It was dark and there was no place to change…it was a horrible experience. When we were writing the exam, we put our hair forward because we didn’t have a scarf to cover us… There were boys and girls and it was really difficult and uncomfortable,” the girl claimed.
The shocking incident surfaced when the father of one of the girls, a 17-year-old, complained to police. He said “90 percent of girls had to have their intestines removed” before they could write the exam, and sobbed.
“Is your future or underwear big to you? Just take them off and don’t waste our time (sic),” the father’s complaint quoted security personnel as saying.
Two more complaints were filed today.
The National Testing Agency has hired an investigative team to investigate the incident. The agency had previously denied the allegations, saying it was told the complaint was “fictitious”.
The National Women’s Commission called the incident “shameful and outrageous for the modesty of young girls”.
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