One of the prime symbols in the women’s march against Donald Trump in the US was the picture of a woman wearing a hijab designed like the Stars and Stripes (US national flag).
The artistic depiction is of Munira Ahmed, a 32-year-old woman who shot to superstardom among the liberals and seculars with the photograph which was taken in 2007.
To the anti-Trump brigade, Ahmed is the heroine who symbolises women’s rights and freedom. She wears a hijab and is the perfect representation of how Muslim women should look like. To the Liberals of the world, that is true empowerment. This is, perhaps, why there are no voices criticising what Iran did on Sunday, February 19.
Iran has banned from the national chess team a brother-sister duo because one of them did not wear the hijab and the other played with an Israeli.
Dorsa Derakhshani is a world champion in under-18 games but despite her talent she found herself out of the team because she did not cover her hair in the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival in Spain.
On the other hand, her 15-year-old brother Borna is ‘guilty’ of competing against an Israeli.
Iran, an Islamic Republic, and Israel, a Jewish state, are rivals on the diplomatic arena.
Reports quote Iran’s Chess Federation chief Mehrdad Pahlevanzadeh saying that the country will “seriously deal” with the sister and brother.
Pahlevanzadeh pointed out, “The first step in dealing with them would be to deprive them from every game that is played in Iran and in the name of Iran, and they will not have the chance to be on the national team.”
Dorsa is an 18-year-old and is studying in Spain. Both she and her brother had participated in the championship independently.
This is something that Pahlevanzadeh, too, acknowledged. He said that the siblings were not representing Iran. Yet Iranian officials are ready to take action against the teenagers for not following the religious rules imposed by the country on its women after the 1979 Iranian Revolution.
Iran and Saudi Arabia are two of the Islamic countries where women are forced to wear a veil, abaya, hijab or burqa.
Many women in Iran had protested against the strict imposition of the hijab but they never got support from the self-proclaimed guardians of secularism, feminism and liberalism who have been opposing even those voices which criticise radical Islamism. The famous photo you see above is being quietly sidelined by the Islamic radical leaning regressive Leftists who dominate the media and intelligentsia.