Chess player decision not to wear 'Burqa' gains India support

Chess player decision not to wear 'Burqa' gains India support

Woman Grandmaster Soumya Swaminathan has walked out of the up-and-coming Asian Team Chess Championship.  She has done it in protest against the rule of compulsory headscarf imposed by the Championship's host country Hamadan, Iran.

"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 has said.  

"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 organizers 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," she added on Facebook.  

The player has received commendation for the decision.  For the strong decision, great lyricist Javed Akthar, actor Suresh and many more Indian celebs hailing her.