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Female candidates required to take off their ‘mangalsutras’ before exam

During the Karnataka Civil Service Examination, female candidates were asked to remove their traditional jewellery, including mangalsutras, anklets, and toe rings, as part of the security check.

The Karnataka Civil Service Examination faced a controversial issue recently when female candidates were asked to remove their traditional jewellery, including mangalsutra, before entering the examination hall. This sparked a lot of discussion and anger among the candidates and the public.

During the Karnataka Civil Service Examination, female candidates were asked to remove their traditional jewellery, including mangalsutras, anklets, and toe rings, as part of the security check. Mangalsutras are significant necklaces worn by married Hindu women. This raised concerns and caused frustration among female examinees.

Security guards at the Government Girls’ Pre-Graduation College Examination Centre enforced this requirement, allowing married women to enter only after complying. However, this rule did not apply uniformly across all examination centers, leading to inconsistency and confusion.

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The controversy deepened when some female candidates pointed out that authorities allowed women wearing hijabs (Islamic headscarves) into the examination hall without similar checks. This led to a debate about cultural and religious biases in the examination process.

The female candidates argued that removing mangalsutras goes against their cultural norms, as there is no requirement in Hindu culture to do so. They expressed their willingness to cooperate with security measures but requested equal treatment with those wearing hijabs.

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah reacted to the irregularities and ordered an investigation into the incident. This indicates that the government takes the matter seriously and is committed to ensuring fair examination procedures.

The strict checking during the examination was partly in response to a previous incident on October 29, where a candidate was caught cheating. The incident involved the use of a Bluetooth device and collaboration with others to send answers, leading to legal action against those involved.

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