Soumya Swaminathan’s Move To Pull Out Of Chess Tournament Due To Headscarf Rule Is Hailed By Twitterati

Indian chess player, Soumya Swaminathan was to participate in Asian Team Chess Championship that is to be held from July 26 to August 4 in Hamadan, Iran. But the 29-year-old chess star, won’t be going.

Swaminathan refused to adhere to the compulsory headscarf rule that is in place in Iran for women. In a powerful Facebook post, the former Junior Girls Chess Champion stated that wearing a headscarf against her will was a violation of her human rights.

In her Facebook post, that has now gone viral, she writes, “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.”


Furthermore, she wrote, “I am very disappointed to see that player’s rights and welfare are given such less importance while allotting and/or organising official championships. I understand the organisers expecting us to wear our National Team Dress or Formals or Sporting attire for our games during official championships, but surely there is no place for an enforceable religious dress code in sports.”

Read her full post below:

People across the internet have come forward in support of her decision. Here is what they said:

Many others have shown their support for the lady. When people criticised her, even more, people sprung up in her support.

What do you think about her stand?

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