The Kerala State Human Rights Commission has registered a suo motu case in connection with an incident in Kannur where a female candidate, who appeared for the NEET exam on Sunday, was forced to take off her innerwear.

The 17-year-old was wearing a bra with a steel buckle that caused a metal detector installed outside the examination centre to beep. With 10 minutes to go for the test, she was asked to remove her innerwear.

"Since there was no toilet nearby I removed it there itself and gave it to my mother waiting outside. It was a humiliating experience,” Hindustan Times quoted the girl, who didn’t want to be identified, as saying.

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A few other candidates were forced to remove their jeans, apparently due to a strict dress code in force, while another student complained that she was made to lift up her top and then frisked.

Pointing out it was a clear violation of their human rights, the State Human Rights Commission has asked the CBSE regional director to submit an explanation within three weeks. The commission has also asked the Kannur district police chief to submit a report, and has urged the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to intervene in the issue.

The Kerala Women's Commission has also ordered a probe into the incident. Meanwhile, Kannur police chief G Siva Vikaram said a case would be registered if the parents or the girl filed a complaint. 

"So far we have not received any complaint. The Special Branch has been asked to look into the incident," he said.