NEET frisking incident: Magistrate court grants bail to accused

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Kollam: Bail granted to five individuals arrested for allegedly forcing girls to remove their innerwear before appearing for the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) in Kollam. Kadakkal Judicial First Class Magistrate Court granted bail to the accused on Thursday.

Seven individuals were arrested in the frisking incident as part of the NEET exam held on Tuesday. A teacher and a coordinator of Marthoma College Of Science and Technology arrested Thursday morning were also granted bail. Meanwhile, two cleaning workers of the college, currently in remand custody, approached High Court demanding bail. They haven't approached the magistrate court for bail like others. As a result, they now need to submit a separate bail plea in court.

Earlier on Tuesday, Kerala police registered a case in this matter. A case was registered under sections 354 and 509 of the Indian Penal Code at the Chadayamangalam police station under the Kollam Rural police district.

The incident came to light after a student filed a complaint with the Superintendent of Police at Kollam after the NEET exam for undergraduate medical courses on July 18.

In her complaint, the student alleged that she was asked to remove her innerwear before entering the examination hall.

Reportedly, the parent of the student alleged that girls were forced to remove their innerwear before being permitted to sit for the exam and they had to give the exam along with other students who were boys as well as male invigilators, which made the girls uncomfortable affected them mentally.

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