NEET: Human Rights Commission registers suo motu case
Kannur: The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC)has registered a suo motu case in connection with the incident of removal of inner wear of female candidates by the authorities due to a strict dress code in force.
Pointing out that asking students to remove their inner wear was a violation of their human rights, the State Human Rights Commission has asked the CBSE regional director to submit an explanation within three weeks over the incident.
The commission has also asked the Kannur district police chief to submit a report within three weeks. Moreover, the SHRC has asked the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to intervene in the issue.
In the shocking incident, a female candidate who appeared at a NEET centre in Kannur on Sunday claimed she had to remove her innerwear before sitting for the entrance test. Other women candidates too faced a harrowing experience due to a strict dress code in force.
The anguished candidate told media persons that she was asked by the examination centre's officials to remove her innerwear. "My daughter went inside the centre, only to return later and hand me her top innerwear," said her mother.
Another candidate, who was wearing a pair of jeans, was asked to remove a pocket as well as metal buttons from the clothing. Her father said: "She was wearing jeans. Since it had pockets and metal buttons, they needed to be removed. I went to a shop about three km away from the exam centre and bought a new dress for her after getting the shop opened."
Those living in the vicinity of the school where the NEET centre was set up came forward to help candidates by giving them suitable clothes to wear.
"I know of a Muslim family which gave six tops to candidates to wear. Even more shocking was the fact that authorities did not permit anyone to wear full-sleeved top. Those wearing such sleeves had to cut it to make it short-sleeved," said another harried parent.