Hijab or Freedom?
The Bold Choice of Iranian Chess Player
Sarasadat Khademalsharieh is not your average chess player. Her decision to remove her hijab during a major tournament was not only an act of rebellion against Iran's clerical leadership but also a symbol of hope for a better future.
- Last December, Iranian chess player Sarasadat Khademalsharieh removed her hijab in solidarity with protest movement against Iran's clerical leadership.
- Her act of defiance led to an arrest warrant against her in Iran, making it impossible for her to return home.
- Undeterred, Khademalsharieh remains steadfast in her decision, stating that she has no regrets.
- Iranian authorities asked her to record a video expressing regret as a condition for returning home, which she refused.
- In a recent interview with Reuters, she recounted her experience and revealed that Iranian authorities asked her to record a video expressing regret as a condition for returning home, which she refused.
- Despite not considering herself a political activist, Khademalsharieh wants to be a voice for change and is confident that people will rise up again in Iran.