Soumya Swaminathan: Indian chess star says no to headscarf, pulls out of event in Iran | India News
“I don’t want to be pressured to put on a headband or burqa. I discover the Iranian legislation of obligatory scarf to be in direct violation of my fundamental human rights, together with my proper to freedom of expression and proper to freedom of thought, conscience and faith. Evidently below the current circumstances, the one means for me to guard my rights is to not go to Iran,” the 29-year-old, who’s India No. 5 and world No. 97 amongst girls, posted on her Fb account.
Earlier, in 2016, prime Indian shooter Heena Sidhu had withdrawn from the Asian Airgun meet in Iran citing the identical purpose.