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Male guards taking measurements of women aspirants stirs controversy in Rajasthan

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New Delhi: Male forest guards purportedly taking height and chest measurements of women candidates during a recruitment drive in Rajasthan’s Chittorgarh district has kicked up a controversy with Congress dubbing it as “derogatory”.

The women, who had applied for posts of forest guard, were examined for physical fitness by the male officers on Tuesday, the Congress alleged. In a statement, Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee said, “It is most unfortunate that under chief ministership (of Vasundhara Raje), women candidates were examined for physical fitness by male guards.”

“It is illegal and derogatory towards women. Their physical fitness examination must be done by women constables only. It was all happening under Raje rule,” PCC Vice President Archna Sharma said.

She also alleged that during Rajasthan Eligibility Examination for Teachers (REET) examination earlier this month, girls were not allowed to appear in the exams with their ‘dupatta or chunni’ and were forced to remove them. “The state government should take action against those involved in such incidents in which women’s prestige is at stake,” she said.

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