NEET frisking row ‘highly unfortunate', govt taking action, says Kerala Education Minister

NEET frisking row ‘highly unfortunate', govt taking action, says Kerala Education Minister

The minister's remarks came against the backdrop of widespread protests after girl students were reportedly forced remove their bra

Kerala Education Minister R Bindu on Wednesday condemned the allegations of young girls being forced to remove their underwear at a NEET medical exam centre as "highly unfortunate" and promised action against wrongdoers.

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The minister's remarks came against the backdrop of widespread protests after girl students were reportedly forced remove their bra during frisking ahead of taking the medical entrance exam. Five women were arrested in connection with the matter, and a fact-finding committee was constituted to look into the allegations.

"This is highly unfortunate. The state government has started action. Police is also investigating," she said.

Bindu added that instructions have been issued to the persons conducting the frisking at exam centres.

Meanwhile, the National Testing Agency said the three-member fact-finding committee it set up to probe the allegations will submit its report in four weeks.

The panel includes senior NTA director Sadhna Parashar, principal of Saraswathi Vidyalaya in Kerala's Arappura Shylaja OR and Suchitra Shyjinth from Pragati Academy in Kerala.

"The panel will visit the spot and verify the facts of the matter after talking to all people concerned. It will see whether the security and frisking protocols of NTA as detailed in Chapter 9: Barred Items and Dress Code of the information bulletin, as well as guidelines for city coordinators, centre superintendents, observers and invigilators were followed," the NTA said.

Interestingly, the NTA had earlier rubbished the claims saying the exam centre superintendent has informed it that the police complaint in the matter was "fictitious" and filed with wrong intentions.

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