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Outrage over man taking women’s fitness test for forest guard’s post

india Updated: Feb 18, 2016 08:36 IST
Rakesh Goswami

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The Rajasthan government has ordered a probe into the incident of a male official conducting physical test of female candidates for the post of guards in the forest department.

There were 18 women among the 250 candidates who had cleared the written exam and appeared for the fitness test on Wednesday.

The forest department had advertised for vacancies for the post of forest guards in October last year. A medical board set up by the forest department included a female doctor, but there was outrage after a male forest guard was seen putting a measuring tape around the chest of woman aspirants.

The forest minister has suspended the male forest guard and has ordered a probe into the negligence of the women doctors in the medical board constituted for the physical examination.

The minister has also ordered for videography during physical measurements in future.

According to recruitment rules, a women forest guard is required to have a chest measurement of 79 cm and a height of 150 cm. However, there are no such rules in the police department. A police officer, involved in recruitment of female constables, said only weight and height are measured for women candidates while for men, it is chest measurement and height.

Once the incident came to light, forest minister Rajkumar Rinwa ordered suspension of the forest guard. Rajasthan’s minister for women and child development Anita Bhadel said she would take the matter up with the government.

Rajas than Women Commission chairperson Suman Sharma has also taken cognizance of the incident and has sought a report from the principal secretary (forest). “Suspension of a low ranking employee is not enough,” she said.

A forest department women recruitment official said the physical measurement of women is done by women in a closed room. In Chittorgarh, the physical measurement was done in full public view.