A 12-year-old girl has been forced to drop out of a chess tournament because she was wearing an ‘improper’ and ‘seductive’ dress.
The chess champion was told in the middle of the second round of the competition that her clothing was a ‘temptation from a certain angle far, far away’ and that she must change.
But the girl – who was taking part in the National Scholastic Chess Championship 2017 in Putrajaya, Malaysia – felt ‘harassed and humiliated’ after the comments by the tournament’s chief arbiter.
Now her mother, who said a similar incident happened just months ago, is seeking an apology from the competition chief.
Asking to remain anonymous, she told MailOnline: ‘My daughter is very upset. ‘When it happened before, it was because a parent didn’t like what she was wearing. So this time I made sure the dress was proper enough.’
She added that she was ‘very mad’ when her daughter was chastised in the second round of the competition – especially since she’d won the first round.
Her teacher, Kaushal Khandhar, said what happened was ‘ridiculous’ and ‘completely out of line’. Mr Khandhar said the tournament’s director had promised to phone back the girl’s mother to discuss the situation, but he never did – forcing the young champion to ditch the competition.
He also said his student – ‘a bright young girl’ from Kuala Lumpur with ‘tremendous potential’ – had been ‘extremely disturbed’ and embarrassed by the incident.
The incident sparked outrage on social media, where many users attacked the competition’s director.