Thiruvananthapuram

Removal of girl’s inner wear shameful and inhuman: Kerala MP

P.K. Sreemathy  

Member of Parliament P.K. Sreemathy has described as “inhuman and shameful” the alleged removal of top inner wear of a girl at a school in Kunhimangalam as part of enforcing the dress code for the aspirants of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) on Sunday.

“The act of removing the inner wear of the student at the examination centre was unprecedented and inhuman,” said the MP at a press conference in Kannur on Monday. She would take up the matter with the authorities.

The hapless student, who was asked to remove her top inner wear because it had a metal hook, could never be expected to appear for the examination with confidence, the MP said. She termed the incident a violation of the girl’s human rights.

Ms. Sreemathy said she would call upon the Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE), which is conducting the NEET, to review its dress code guidelines. She would urge the Minister for Human Resource and Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to look into the matter.

SHRC orders probe

The State Human Rights Commission has ordered a high level inquiry into the incident. It termed the incident a violation of the human rights of students and called for the intervention of the National Human Rights Commission. It asked the Regional Director of the CBSE to submit an explanation within three weeks. The Kannur District Police Chief and the Kerala University Registrar will have to submit separate reports on the incident

“The Commission has noticed similar reports from various places in the State during the NEET. Parents were seen frantically searching for appropriate clothing for their children to be allowed into the examination hall. The CBSE informed the students about the dress code only in the 11th hour. Stringent action should be taken against those responsible for the act,” said the Commission acting chairman P.Mohandas in a press release.

 


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