12-year-old’s dress called ‘seductive’ at Chess tournament in Malaysia, coach says student felt ‘humiliated’

Nithya Nair

In Malaysia, a 12-year-old was asked to withdraw from a youth chess tournament after the organisers complained about her knee-length dress. The girl’s coach said that the young girl’s dress was termed as seductive by the officials at the tournament. Malaysian chess player Kaushal Khandar alleged that his student had been “extremely embarrassed” and “disturbed” by the how the National Scholastic Chess Championship 2017 director and chief arbiter’s acts. Kaushal said that the tournament director commented on the girl’s knee-length dress to the chief arbiter who stopped the competition in the middle of Round 2. She was informed that she violated the dress code. The director also told the girl and her mother that they should go to the mall and buy her pair of trousers. But it was 10 pm already and the matches the next day restarted at 9 am.

Chin Wai Lings, girl’s mother was quoted saying, “My daughter was shocked after her game was interrupted by the chief arbiter.” However, as they could not get another set of clothes for the girl she had to pull out of the competition. Chin said the dress code for the tournament is based on the World Chess Federation (FIDE) Laws of Chess which talks about “dignified appearance”, but no proper dress code guidelines were given out to participants before the tournament. In his Facebook post, he wrote, “We are absolutely DISGUSTED by the treatment of Tournament Director to a 12-year-old girl and her mother. This incident has resulted in loss of time and money which was invested before, during and after the tournament on coaching, registration fees, traveling, accommodation and other incurred costs.” Delhi University student who was masturbated on her jeans at college fest files FIR

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Khandhar said that the girl and her family are hoping for a public apology. Meanwhile, the Malaysian Chess Federation said that an investigation is underway and it has reached out to the girl’s mother. “The claim (Khandhar) posted is different from the official complaint (from the mother),” the MCF told the Malay Mail Online. They also said, “We will take action once the report comes out.”