Bihar bare body exam: Parrikar seeks report from Army chief

While army officials denied having received any order from the Ministry, top sources said a file has been prepared and has been sent to the army chief.

Written by Sushant Singh | New Delhi | Updated: March 1, 2016 9:00 pm
Over 1,150 candidates took the test in Muzaffarpur. Over 1,150 candidates took the test in Muzaffarpur.

A day after The Indian Express reported about 1,159 candidates in Bihar being made to take the Army exam in only their underwear, the Patna High Court on Tuesday served a notice to the Union defence secretary and the director of the Army Regional Office (ARO), Muzaffarpur, seeking an explanation. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar also stepped in, seeking a report on the incident from Army chief Gen Dalbir Singh.

Sources at the ARO had said that the candidates, appearing for the recruitment exam for soldiers on general duty and in the clerical and technical categories, were asked to remove their clothes to “save time on frisking so many people”.

The Express story that triggered the action: Bihar: For this Army exam, honesty is stripping down to underwear

The Patna High Court was responding to a PIL filed by lawyer Dinu Kumar, who presented news clippings to a division bench of Acting Chief Justice I A Ansari and Justice Anjana Mishra. Senior lawyer
S D Sanjay represented the Centre.

“I asked the court if conducting the examination is such an undignified manner does not amount to violation of human rights and right to live with dignity under IPC provisions. I pleaded that our Army is known for its discipline but asked if the act of conducting examination in underwear was not an example of gross indiscipline and insensitivity,” Kumar said.

Kumar said that when the court was told that the exam happened barely 100 km from Patna, the court observed that it would have taken note even if it had taken place “500 km away”. “We have never seen such an example of stopping unfair means,” Kumar said.
Sources said ARO director Colonel V S Godhara has been asked to submit a report to Danapur Regional Office.

On Parrikar seeking a report from the Army chief, Army sources said, “A report has been sought on the incident as the matter has come to light through media reports.” However, they sought to defend the incident saying it was only done to prevent cheating, and that the suggestion was made by candidates who have cleared the examination in the past.

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    Aditya
    Mar 1, 2016 at 9:06 pm
    Exactly what the Biharis deserve. Do you remember the picture where parents and friends are standing on the ledge of an exam center helping the students cheat? This the Lallu land where cheating, stealing and corruption is rampant. If you don't pay Rangdaari you lose your life.
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      Guru
      Mar 1, 2016 at 10:17 pm
      We don't live in military rule. They cannot break the rules just because they are the army. These are against basic human decency, which I guess many of you guys will not know or just say okay because it's the army. The army is under cilvilian command so they have to respect human rights.
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        Philip Blay
        Mar 6, 2016 at 7:10 pm
        It's a double-standard. If women were asked to comply to such a degrading demand, they would have been protected. As if the privacy of a man's body was not as important as the privacy of a woman's body.
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          Mavala
          Mar 1, 2016 at 3:19 pm
          A good test of character under pressure, surely. Dalbir probably wants to adopt it nationally, does he hide answers in that tache?
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            Being Human
            Mar 1, 2016 at 4:25 pm
            This is not good and promote bad of our country image. Those who are involved this examination, should be punished.
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              Alakandy
              Mar 1, 2016 at 3:12 pm
              In India it is a must. Congratulate and salute the army officer who conducted the exam.
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                Arvind
                Mar 1, 2016 at 3:14 pm
                This is not an exam at the JNU backed by stan or China. Here there is a strict code of conduct. Wait till you see how they look when they go through rigorous military training.
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                  Kaliyug
                  Mar 1, 2016 at 1:45 pm
                  Integrity is everything in the armed forces, if the Biharis are unaware of this quality and yet want the job, then they were dressed appropriately. With fake degrees, foolish politicians and cranky army offices using their power for nepotism, there is too much room for error.
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                    Aditya
                    Mar 1, 2016 at 5:17 pm
                    Nothing wrong in that, this is ARMY. There is no need for civilian hypocrisy. When half nude male female model walk on ramp everybody cheer, but when Army done the same in different way there is all hue and cry. There are people out there who want to degrade image of Army as uncivilised. These are the people, when army men martyred they write killed. What else we can expect from them?
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                      BharatK
                      Mar 1, 2016 at 6:15 pm
                      Bullawood pooooorn industry is good that entertain Indian media elites.
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                        BharatK
                        Mar 1, 2016 at 5:12 pm
                        But what is wrong? They are going to become army personals, a hard job, and rigorous training. Media create issues out of non-issues.
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                          Avinash
                          Mar 1, 2016 at 2:19 pm
                          What's wrong with that picture? Hey when we go out looking for a job, certain conditions always apply. We can walk away if terms are not acceptable. I guess since Modi is not providing any scams a la UPA, our journalists have to chase for non-stories to earn a living.
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                            NIRAJ SINGH
                            Mar 1, 2016 at 4:06 pm
                            its very wrong.
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                              onebookend
                              Mar 1, 2016 at 9:22 pm
                              This should be done for all exams, everywhere. Army has set a good example. It saves time and leaves little room for cheating, though knowing in advance the cheaters can still hide things in the underwear. Even design underwears to carry notes in the inside pockets, and then there are electronic devices that have been used in the exam halls. Ingenuity thy name is people.
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                                Shyamal Ganguly
                                Mar 1, 2016 at 7:14 pm
                                Army is commanded by Officers and Gentlemen. They know what they do. Please no interference from the bl00dy civilians and paid Pressutes.
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                                  Shyamal Ganguly
                                  Mar 1, 2016 at 7:07 pm
                                  Exactly my feelings you wrote. Thanks.
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                                    Shyamal Ganguly
                                    Mar 1, 2016 at 5:25 pm
                                    OK Human. Do you have a job or you are living off stolen money like Rahul Pappu? I have first hand experience in recruiting. Students have made cheating a science in India. Those who cheat in exams , are they human?
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                                      Shyamal Ganguly
                                      Mar 1, 2016 at 5:28 pm
                                      Pressutes' article. Why is the press interfering in Army's affair in recruitment? There are more than 1000 application per job and 90% are unfit. But equal opportunity says if your a high school p you are allowed to apply. There will not be any quota for SC/ST or Muslims either.
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                                        Shyamal Ganguly
                                        Mar 1, 2016 at 5:11 pm
                                        This is the biggest white collar crime in India - buy and sell questions in exams for jobs in Govt, Banking, and other compeive exams. SC cancelled AIPMT exam due to leak. Allow copying in exam? Do you know that Biharis have made copying during exam a science. Cell Phone, Blue Tooth technology can even pick up whispers from outside. Question Paper leakage and scams among Paper setters and the money is big in India. Allow the Army to do his job. These guys ought to know what they are getting into - when they join. Do not bring in BS words as human dignity, human rights etc. in the Army.
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                                          sk
                                          Mar 1, 2016 at 7:07 pm
                                          No dignity as human ............. Should we go back to jungle ???
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                                            Indian
                                            Mar 1, 2016 at 5:56 pm
                                            RSS effect??
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