UGC NET 2018: A student from Delhi University was not allowed to appear for UGC National Eligibility Test (NET) and asked to go home by school staff in West Bengal’s Siliguri on July 8. The student was asked to go home and change the attire as the invigilators found the dress of the student indecent. “I was first verbally shamed for my choice of clothes by a DPS Siliguri teacher. I have worn a particular jumpsuit to almost all the exams as I feel relaxed in this attire,” the student told The Indian Express.

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has not mandated any dress code for the UGC NET exam. The girl further told the newspaper that she thoroughly went through the rules mentioned on the admit card before coming for the exam and saw nothing regarding the dress code written on it. “I would have followed the CBSE dress code guidelines, if any, however, the staff shamed me. I had meticulously gone through the rules as on the admit card before appearing for the exam,” she added.

The student rushed home and changed into salwar kameez. “Nobody outside the exam centre supported us. I felt humiliated and stressed out during this career-defining test,” she said. The Vice-Principal of DPS Siliguri however, told in a reply over mail to Indian Express that she had not given any instruction regarding the dress code, and no such incident was brought to her notice.

The victim posted the matter on Facebook to highlight the body shamming issues. “Siliguri is a small town and people here are not exposed to such debates. I don’t want anyone else to face such regressive rules and therefore want to initiate a conversation on such moral policing,” she said.

It must be noted that UGC NET 2018 examination was held on July 8. At least 22 centres. Only two papers were conducted this year. The CBSE conducting the examination for the position of Assistant Professor and Junior Research Fellowships.