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Chess Star Boycotts Iran Event over Strict Sharia Headscarf Law

Chess Star Boycotts Iran Event over Strict Sharia Headscarf Law

NEW DELHI (AFP) – One of India’s top women chess players has pulled out of an upcoming championship in Iran in protest at having to wear an Islamic headscarf.

Soumya Swaminathan, a former world junior girls champion, said the dress code at the Asian Nations Chess Cup starting next month violated her rights.

In 2017 the Iranian Chess Federation banned Dorsa Derakhshani for attending competitions abroad without wearing the headscarf.

Since the Islamic revolution of 1979, Iran has required women to wear the Islamic headscarf in public places.

The Asian Nations Chess Cup takes place in Hamadan from July 27 to August 4.

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