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Sara Khadem, an Iranian chess player who relocated to Spain after receiving threats for competing uncovered, has obtained Spanish citizenship

<p>According to a source, Iranian chess player Sara Khadem, who faced threats after playing overseas without a headscarf, has been granted Spanish citizenship.<img decoding=”async” class=”alignnone wp-image-100426″ src=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/theindiaprint.com-sara-khadem-an-iranian-chess-player-who-relocated-to-spain-after-receiving-threats-for-competing-uncovered-has-obtained-spanish-citizenship-download-52.jpg” alt=”” width=”1274″ height=”707″ srcset=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/theindiaprint.com-sara-khadem-an-iranian-chess-player-who-relocated-to-spain-after-receiving-threats-for-competing-uncovered-has-obtained-spanish-citizenship-download-52.jpg 301w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/theindiaprint.com-sara-khadem-an-iranian-chess-player-who-relocated-to-spain-after-receiving-threats-for-competing-uncovered-has-obtained-spanish-citizenship-download-52-150×83.jpg 150w” sizes=”(max-width: 1274px) 100vw, 1274px” /></p>
<p>In December 2022, Khadem took part in a competition in Kazakhstan without wearing a headscarf. After her deed, she got death threats and was forced to relocate to Europe.</p>
<p>Khadem is one of several well-known Iranian women who have recently appeared in public without wearing a headscarf in defiance of the Iranian government, including athletes and actors. Such acts of rebellion started following Mahsa Amini’s death in custody in September 2022, which led to a month-long wave of demonstrations throughout the country.</p>
<p>Iranian law mandates that women cover their heads with the hijab, an article of Islamic dress. Amini, 22, was imprisoned in September 2022 on suspicion of breaking the law. She subsequently passed away following claimed abuse in custody. Women often disobeyed the hijab rule during the widespread demonstrations that followed the killing.</p>
<p>Sara Khadem acquires citizenship in Spain</p>
<p>After getting death threats for not wearing a headscarf while playing in a competition in Kazakhstan, Sara Khadem relocated to Spain in January.</p>
<p>Without donning a headscarf, Khadem competed in the FIDE World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships in Kazakhstan. The events occurred in the height of statewide demonstrations organised by women in response to Mahsa Amini’s death.</p>
<p>Khadem relocated to Spain from Iran after receiving threats to her life.</p>
<p>According to CNN, Khadem was awarded “Spanish nationality through a naturalization letter” by the country’s Council of Ministers, who claimed that there were “exceptional circumstances” in her case.</p>
<p>Khadem’s family members reportedly also received threats, according to Reuters at the time.</p>
<p>According to Reuters, “the source, who did not want to be named due to the sensitivity of the matter, said Khadem subsequently received numerous phone calls in which some people advised her against returning home after the tournament, while others said she should come back and promised to’solve her problem’.Without going into greater detail, the insider said that Khadem’s parents and relatives in Iran had also received threats.</p>
<p>According to Reuters, protection was also given to Khadem in Kazakhstan as a result of the threats.</p>
<p>Four bodyguards were stationed outside Khadem’s hotel room as a consequence of the decision to provide security made by the organizers and Kazakh police as a result of the phone conversations, the source added.</p>
<p>Khadem kept playing chess after relocating to Spain. Khadem joined the Triveni Continental Kings squad in the just finished Global Chess League 2023 and played a significant role in the team’s victory. According to Sportstar, Khadem, who came in as a replacement, “secured a crucial victory, bringing the result to 10:9 [winning score] for the Kings.”</p>
<p>Iran’s hijab legislation and demonstrations organized by women</p>
<p>Iranian law mandates that women wear the Islamic headdress known as the hijab.</p>
<p>After the Islamic Revolution of 1979, when the conservative Islamic clergy ousted the liberal, pro-Western monarchy and formed an Islamic state under the Supreme Leader on the basis of a rigorous application of Islamic law Sharia, the hijab law was enforced on women in Iran. Iranian women had complete freedom to wear or not wear the hijab before the Islamic Revolution.</p>
<p>Iran has’morality police’ that enforce hijab regulations. In addition to donning the hijab, women are forbidden from dressing in anything too tight or exposing. The interaction of people of different genders in public places is also regulated. Mahsa Amini, 22, passed away while in the custody of the morality police.</p>
<p>Months of statewide demonstrations in Iran were started by Amini’s passing, and they turned out to be the largest challenges to both the Islamic Revolution and the Iranian government. Women often tore off their hijabs, burned their hijabs, went bareheaded, and chopped their hair in public during the rallies, which were mostly spearheaded by them, in defiance of the Iranian government.</p>
<p>Numerous demonstrators have been imprisoned in addition to the hundreds who have died during the crackdown. According to accounts, there are still isolated acts of resistance even if the demonstrations have mostly subsided by this point. With strengthened monitoring measures in place to prevent dissent, the Iranian morality police are once again on the streets.</p>
<p>Iranian celebrities who disregard the hijab law</p>
<p>Sara Khadem, a professional chess player, is one of several well-known Iranians who have recently defied the hijab law.</p>
<p>In the months after Mahsa Amini’s death in custody, a number of well-known athletes and actors disobeyed the hijab legislation. Atousa Pourkashiyan, a fellow chess player, also disobeyed the hijab rule in Kazakhstan.</p>
<p>Three well-known Iranian actresses have received a variety of penalties after being found guilty of violating the hijab rule during the course of the previous month. All three of the judges’ diagnoses included mental illness, anti-family, and anti-social traits. Azadeh Samadi, Leila Bolukat, and Afsaneh Bayegan are the three actresses.</p>
<p>Samadi, 44, was found guilty for forgoing the headscarf during a funeral in favor of a hat. Bolukat, 42, was found guilty of uploading pictures online without wearing a headscarf. Bayegan, 61, was found guilty for participating in a movie ceremony uncovered.</p>
<p>The movement in Iran has also received backing from the Iranian diaspora overseas. Mahlagha Jaberi, an Iranian-American model, brought up the subject of executions in Iran by donning a garment with a noose-shaped collar during the Cannes Film Festival in May. The nation is notorious for carrying out executions after murky trials for offenses ranging from terrorism to blasphemy.</p>
<p>“We wanted to create a fashion statement to partake in Cannes’ glitz, but more significantly, we wanted to draw media attention to the unjust killings of Iranian citizens. The security prevented me from displaying the back of my garment since political comments are not permitted at the film festival, but the meaning of the word “noose” was clearly understood, according to Jaberi in an Instagram post.</p>
<p>Iranian climber Elnaz Rekabi participated in a competition in South Korea in October 2022 while without wearing a headscarf. According to NPR, she was greeted with “a hero’s welcome” when she returned to Iran. Later, her family’s house was destroyed by the Iranian government.</p>
<p>A shot of an Iranian women’s basketball team sans a headscarf with the tagline “Women, Life, Freedom” was uploaded in November 2022. The catchphrase turned into a rallying cry for the movement headed by women.</p>
<p>Iranian skater Niloufar Mardani accepted a prize in Turkey in November 2022 without wearing a headscarf. As soon as her picture became viral, the Iranian authorities denounced what she had done.</p>
<p>In April, a video of Iranian wushu player Zahra Kiani practicing out martial arts maneuvers while wearing torn jeans and a hat leaked online.</p>
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