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Against compulsory headscarves, Indian woman grandmaster withdraws from tourney

championship is to be held in Hamadan (Iran) from July 26 to August 4

To protest against the compulsory headscarves in Iran, woman grandmaster and former world junior girls’ champion Soumya Swaminathan has withdrawn from the Asian Team Chess Championship.

The championship is to be held in Hamadan (Iran) from July 26 to August 4.

The withdrawal came about as part of protest against compulsory-headscarf rule in the country of Iran.

She said it is in violation of his rights.

The sportsperson also took to the social media to announce the decision

She said on her Facebook page, “I find the Iranian law of compulsory Headscarf to be in direct violation of my basic Human Rights including my right to freedom of expression, and right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion. It seems that under the present circumstances, the only way for me to protect my rights is not to go to Iran.”

She further said that the religious dress codes should not be imposed on players.

Here is what she tweeted.

I am very sorry to state that I have asked to be excused from the Indian Women’s team for the forthcoming Asian Nations Cup ( Asian Team ) Chess Championship 2018, to be held at Iran from 26 July – 4 Aug 2018, as I do not wish to be forced to wear a Headscarf or Burkha. I find the Iranian law of compulsory Headscarf to be in direct violation of my basic Human Rights including my right to freedom of expression, and right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. It seems…See more

This is not the first time an athlete pulled out of an event over the same issue. In 2016, top Indian shooter Heena Sidhu had withdrawn from the Asian Air Gun meet in Iran citing the same reason.

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