Iranian Shohre Bayat, 33, has loved chess since childhood: in 2006, she became world chess champion in women, and in 2014, international category A referee (and the first and only female judge of Asia). Judging the match was Bayat’s big dream, and it came true. In January of this year, Shokhre became the main referee of the match for the title of world champion (the Russian Alexandra Goryachkina and the Chinese Ju Wenjun participated), which took place in Shanghai.
No es de extrañar que @ShohrehBayat tenga miedo de volver a #Iran. Desde la Revolución Islámica de 1979, las mujeres corren el riesgo de sufrir rigurosas condenas de prisonión por violar la ley ogligatoria del hijab. https://t.co/nJN09Zmkhb
– Embassy of the United States in Madrid (@USembassyMadrid) January 24, 2020
However, Shohre couldn’t imagine what this match was going to turn out for her. The fact is that Bayat judged the competition in a pantsuit, but his head was uncovered. After snapshots of the tournament appeared on the network, in which Shokhre appeared with a scarf on her head, but worn differently from how Muslim women should wear it, a flood of compatriots’ negatives fell on her. She was charged with violating Iranian laws.
The second game of the FIDE Women’s World Championship ends peacefully. The score is 1-1.https: //t.co/yvHGZUZ5rs Photo: Eteri Kublashvili #WomenChessMatch pic.twitter.com/WB6KWEFnQ9
– Russian Chess Federation (@ruchess_eng) January 6, 2020
Although three months have passed since the scandal, Shokhre Bayat still cannot return to his country of origin. Herself says that she is not religious and does not want to wear a hijab.
I hate it
According to Shohre, she thinks people should have the right to choose to dress the way they want.
Now, Shokhre is temporarily living in the UK, because upon her return to Iran, she risks being imprisoned or flogged in public. Despite the fact that she has received great support from people, she is very worried that she cannot see her husband and relatives who remained in Iran. In the UK, she applied for asylum. At the same time, her husband’s chances of coming to the UK are slim since he is unlikely to be able to obtain a visa. Bayat plans to see relatives in other countries of the world. But, it seems, she is ready to make sacrifices, if only to return to her country of origin.
As long as you live in Iran, you must do what hurts you, be someone you are not. It is not easy, dangerous and unpleasant. I want to be who i am
Based on materials: www.spletnik.ru