In a rather bizarre move to prevent cheating, an 18-year-old student in Kerala was allegedly asked to remove her bra before taking the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) on Sunday.
When the girl passed through the metal detector, the machine beeped. So the authorities asked the girl to remove her bra because of the metal hooks in it.
Her mother, a teacher at the same school, told NDTV that she was shocked at the 'security check'. “My daughter went inside the centre, only to return later and hand me her top innerwear,” she told IANS.
The bra incident wasn't the only one. Here are other instances when the security check proved a nightmare for students:
1. According to IANS, a candidate who wore a pair of jeans was asked to remove a pocket as well as metal buttons from her clothing. Her father said that he had to run 3 kms from the exam centre to buy a new dress for his daughter.
2. Several boys who came wearing full-sleeve shirts were taken aback when they were told that only half-sleeve shirts were allowed in the examination hall. Left with no choice, they had to "customise" it by cutting it to size by using a scissor. Parents at the Kannur exam centre reportedly said that because the candidates were prohibited from wearing full-sleeve shirts, a family residing near the exam centre even offered six T-shirts to candidates to wear.
3. According to The Hindu, Delhi Public School in Bengaluru kept a stock of two dozen half-sleeve T-shirts ready for those who came in in full-sleeve clothing.
4. Students wearing shoes were asked to either wear slippers or sit for the exam barefoot.
5. Girl students in Andhra Pradesh were asked to untie their hair while going through the metal detectors. Apart from shoes and half-sleeve clothing, students were restricted from wearing any earrings, nose pins and were also not allowed to wear dark-coloured clothes.
Central Board of Secondary Examination which organises the exam had listed out guidelines of certain do's and don'ts for the students. The don'ts included big buttons, brooches and high-heeled shoes for female candidates and kurta-pyjama for male aspirants. Mobile phones and gadgets like Bluetooth devices were also barred.
The Do's included "bring Admit card," "reach on time" at the exam centre with "only the required documents".
NEET, conducted for admission to undergraduate medical courses in government and private medical colleges in the country, was held on Sunday in as many as 104 cities across the country, for which more than 11 lakh aspirants had registered.
(Feature image source: PTI)