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Iranian chess referee Shohreh Bayat fears arrest

The 32-year-old referee at International Chess Championship fears returning to Iran after picture appeared to show her without a headscarf in China.
Shohreh Bayat, aged 32, was a referee at the International Chess Championship being conducted jointly by China and Russia. She has said she is afraid to return to Iran. This was after the Irani press, and state media published photographs of her officiating at a game without a hijab. Wearing a hijab is a mandatory requirement for all women in Iran. Shohreh Bayat is a prominent Iranian sportswoman. She had been invited to be a referee at the International Chess Championship. The Chess Championship is being conducted jointly by both Russia and China. CNN has reported that Shohreh Bayat says she fears arrest after a photograph was taken during the event and circulated online in Iran. Controversy The controversy overshadowed her achievement. This erupted after a photograph was published showing Ms. Bayat without a hijab. In her defense, Ms. Bayat says she was wearing the headscarf, but the picture is already circulated in Iran. The chess master has been bombarded by hate mail and fears...
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