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An Indian student was allegedly made to remove her bra in public by school officials over cheating fears, just minutes before sitting for a crucial test.
Traditionally, Indian authorities have strict dress codes in place to prevent cheating on the entrance exams for the country’s medical colleges.
However, noticeably absent on the list of prohibited items --- which consists of dark clothes, clothes with long sleeves, badges, closed shoes and socks --- are bras.
The student told the Indian media that she was at the test centre in Kerala state last Sunday (May 7) when she failed a security check, reports The Star Online.
Apparently, a metal detector had sounded just as she was going through.
Said the student in distress:
“At that time, they told me that without removing my innerwear, I could not enter the exam hall since the bra hooks were made of metal.
“So, I took off my bra there on the spot and gave it to my mom who was waiting outside.”
The student was also quoted saying that she had ‘lost all her confidence and composure’ when she was asked to remove her bra in front of everyone.
In light of the event, another student’s parent has come forth, claiming that her daughter was forced to remove the button on her jeans after it set off the metal detector.
Said the outraged parent:
"She was sent back and when she came back, she told me 'Papa, the button on the jeans has to be removed, as it is an objectionable item'.
“Promptly I removed the button.
"Then I went to a shop about 3km from the exam centre and bought a new dress for her after the shop opened.”
The principal of the test centre said that he was not aware of the incidents but defended the actions, as they adhered to the guidelines.
Said the principal:
"We have clear instructions that if the metal detector beeps, no one will be allowed inside.
“Whenever it beeps, we tell students to remove what they have.”