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IN Sports ON 01 Nov, 2016
Hijab, the veil that traditionally covers the head of a Muslim lady in the presence of adult males outside their family, is a necessity for covering the body outside the home. Why?
Why is there a need to inculcate a tradition to confirm the standards of modesty?
No, I am not questioning the traditions here but Heena Sidhu might have a point.
The first Indian pistol shooter to be ranked number 1 in the world by ISSF, Heena Sidhu, pulled out her name of the 9th Asian Airgun Shooting Championships stating that "I'm not a revolutionary. But I feel that making it mandatory for even a sportsperson to wear a hijab is not in the spirit of a Sport."
While the other Indian shooters are ready to blend in the rules, she strictly pointed it out that, "You are practicing your religion, let me practice mine. If you are forcing your religious beliefs on me, then I don't want to compete."
However, this is not the first time that the shooter has said no to an event due to dress code issues. Previously, she pulled out of the 6th Asian Air Gun Championships saying, "The event in Iran, where the female shooters will have to wear a headscarf during the competition will need a different kind of practice. I have not used it and to get used to it I will have to practice for a minimum of three weeks."
We very well know that the hijab is a legal requirement for all Iranian women and that the failure to imply the rules could result in reprimands, but there is a difference when you have to play.
..or an individual. Does it?
She withdrew her name from the World Championship as a protest to the compulsory hijab rule. We saw her updating one of her her Instagram post saying, "I think it's unacceptable to host a Women's World Championship in a place where women do not have basic fundamental rights and are treated as second-class citizens."
She said in one interview that during a tournament in Iran, they got down on the courts, to play their matches, wearing shorts. The officials asked them to cover up their body and play to which they refused saying that they were not comfortable playing that way. Later, all the men were asked to leave the venue, and all the doors were closed before the match began.
Yes, you read that right. It is often a personal or a cultural concept. We know Muslim women who wear Hijab do not find it interfering with their activities in their daily life, but the truth is that for them, Hijab is not just a covering dress but a sign of behavior, manners, speech, and appearance in public.
It mainly depends on the individual if she wants to cover her head or not. This isn't some laid back century where the women will have to abide by the set rules and regulations. We have the right to choose what we want.
It forces its women to take the hijab way seriously and lashes out the ones who stand up against it.
She definitely has taken a brave take to stand up against the hijab rule.
Be it Sushma Swaraj's choice to wear a hijab and Sidhu's choice of rejecting implying the rule. We should respect both the decisions. It is their freedom to choose.
We are not in support or against anything. It's just a news we thought is important to share with readers.
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