Patna, May 14: Women appearing for Bihar Combined Entrance Competitive Examination Board or BCECEB, exam in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district were in for a shock when the invigilators snipped off the sleeves of their dresses in "full public view" as a disciplinary measure, according to a PTI report. The incident got widely reported across new channels, with footages going viral. It sparked outrage by local people, and the parents of the women.
According to the report, District Education Officer Lalan Prasad Singh was quoted as saying, "The female candidates, who enrolled for the nursing entrance exam of Bihar Combined Entrance Competitive Examination Board or BCECEB, were advised against wearing full-sleeved dresses, but some of them failed to adhere to the norm."
Following the uproar, the district magistrate set up a two-member team to look into the matter. The education department conducted an inquiry into the incident and barred the school from holding competitive exams in future
The invigilators justified the decision by saying that the disciplinary measure was to ensure that the students did not indulge in any malpractice. The examinees, however, claimed that they were unaware of such rules during the exam.
Few days back, another case of hurting the modesty of a woman examinee was reported from Kerala. The student was appearing for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) exam, when she was asked to remove her bra before entering the exam hall, for it had metal hooks.