An Indian chess champion has withdrawn from an international competition in Iran, saying a rule requiring her to wear a headscarf would violate her human rights. Soumya Swaminathan ranks fifth in India and was preparing to compete in the Asian chess championship in Bangladesh. However, when the competition was moved to Iran, the 29-year-old withdrew from the competition. “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,” Swaminathan wrote on Facebook last week. “Under the present circumstances, the only way for me to protect my rights is not to go to Iran.” She said competitors were willing to adjust for the sake of their sport but “some things simply cannot be compromised”. “There is no place for an enforceable religious dress code in sports,” she …

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