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:
I am sure the #Metoo gang , #Pseudoliberals #Leftists will remain silent on this. @SushmaSwaraj ji @Ra_THORe ji please take necessary action against this onslaught of freeedom of expression by the Iran authorities. Proud of U #SoumyaSwaminathan pic.twitter.com/Vjykji9RUD
— Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) June 13, 2018
Indian star chess player #SoumyaSwaminathan refuse to wear headsacarf and be courageous enuf 2 say that imposing religious dress code is direct violation basic her HR n FOE!!
These themselves want every freedom but snatch away freedom of others
Take a bow lady🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/VGGAId0bBb
— Shraddha (@drshraddha16) June 13, 2018
— Sunil Kakrania (@sunilkakrania) June 13, 2018
— Koena Mitra (@koenamitra) June 13, 2018
This is very very sad & alarming that a sportsperson is compelled to wear a Hijab or a Burkha. But here what’s more shocking are the reactions of the SICKULARS like @sagarikaghose over her decision of NOT gng to Iran to protect her rights.#SoumyaSwaminathan pic.twitter.com/vYLG6HchCB
— Prateik Roy 🇮🇳 (@PrateikRyan) June 13, 2018
— Nidhi kumar (@Nidhikum2017) June 13, 2018
— Being_Stranger (@Being_Stranger) June 13, 2018
Proud of #SoumyaSwaminathan for standing up for her personal rights. She refused to wear the compulsory headscarf as it’s a violation of individual rights. 👏👏 Glad she followed her heart and did what she believes in. https://t.co/QJ0oh5AMah
— Sadhavi Khosla (@sadhavi) June 13, 2018
— Ravi Mantha (Official) (@rmantha2) June 13, 2018
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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