RAWALPINDI - Cell phones, cash and other valuables are being stolen from the purses of female candidates who are taking HSSC part-II examination here at Government Degree College for Women, Peshawar Road, under the aegis of Board and Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Rawalpindi.

Scores of female students, whose cash, cell phones, veils and other valuables have been stolen, protested on Wednesday in college premises and demanded of the BISE high-ups and college administration to arrest the unknown thieve and depute a watchman there for safety of their purses.

Usually, the female students appearing in HSSC Part-II examination bring purses and handbags containing mobile phones and some cash but the invigilators don't allow them to keep purses with them in examination hall, therefore, all the purses and veils are kept outside the hall.

One Aneela Khan told The Nation that some unknown culprit pilfered Rs 6,000 from her handbag, which she left in a rack placed outside the examination hall on May 2. She said that she lodged a complaint with the college administration and superintendent, but no body paid heed to her complaint.

Another victim Satti said that thieves stole Rs 4,500 from her purse. She accused one Nasir, who is employed in college as peon, of stealing her amount.

The cash and cell phones of two other students Nida and Maria were also burgled. Similarly, the veils and other valuables of female students were also being stolen daily.

The superintendent, who was not willing to tell her name, when approached, held female students responsible for all their losses saying, "Why do they bring cell phones and cash in their purses during exams when such things are not allowed?" She said she would take up this matter with higher authorities.

The chairman and controller examination of BISE Rawalpindi, despite repeated attempts, were not available for their comments on the issue.