Indian shooter Heena Sidhu, who is a 2013 world champion in her sport, withdraws from her sport’s Asian championship in Iran for the same reason as Nazí Paikidze-Barnes the US chess champion has withdrawn from the women’s chess meet to be held there next year. Because she feels that she should not be forced to wear the hijab to compete in Iran. “If you are forcing your religious beliefs on me, I don’t want to compete,” she said.
“You follow your religion and let me follow mine. I’ll not participate in this competition if you are going to force me to comply with your religious beliefs.”
That’s how it should be done. High time Muslim countries stop demanding special treatment under the pretext of ”Respect our religion/laws/values/culture” specially when Muslims enjoy the freedom of dressing the way they want in Western countries.
Either don’t impose your values on foreigners when they visit your country or don’t utilize the Freedom Secular countries provide you due to which you freely practice your faith, dress up the way you want when you visit their countries. World can’t and shouldn’t entertain your dual standards anymore.
This is apparently Ms. Sidhu’s second time boycotting a sports meet in Iran for the same reason.
These women are incredibly courageous.