On Tuesday, Kerala police registered a case in connection with NEET test centre bra removal issues . 

This is after almost 100 female students in an exam centre in Kerala claimed they were asked to remove their innerwear before taking the medical entrance exam as part of the frisking process.

The students said they were asked to remove their bra at the metal detection centre. The incident took place in the exam center at Kollam.

A case was registered under sections 354 and 509 of the Indian Penal Code at the Chadayamangalam police station in the Kollam Rural police district. 

Five people were arrested, in Kerala, in connection with an incident in which a student was asked to remove her innerwear before appearing for the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) in the state’s Kollam district. 

The arrested people include three from the Union government agency and two from the local college.

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 women 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.

Citing the National Testing Agency’s, NTA’s guidelines, the parent also highlighted that according to the norms mandated by the NTA, which conducts NEET, had not mentioned any ban on any form of brassiere (bra) and hooks.

NTA an autonomous and self-sustained testing organisation for conducting entrance examinations in a statement did not officially respond for this complaint 

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“Centre Superintendent and Independent Observer as well as City Coordinator, Kollam district has stated that they did not find any such incident happening in the NEET examination centre (Mar Thoma Institute of Information Technology, Kollam). The candidate did take the exam,” said NTA officials.

Later, NTA formed a Fact Finding Committee to visit Kollam following an alleged incident in which a student was asked to remove her innerwear before appearing for NEET.