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12-Year-Old Girl Forced to Quit Chess Tournament After Her Dress Was Deemed 'Seductive’

The girl's chess coach was disgusted with the “disturbing incident."

Photo Credit: Screen Capture from Kaushal Kal's Facebook

At a National Scholastic Chess Championship in Putrajaya, Malaysia, a 12-year-old girl was reportedly forced to quit the competition after a tournament director reportedly found her dress “seductive." According to the girl's chess coach, Kaushal Kandhar, the tournament director said her dress was a “temptation from a certain angle far, far away."

Kandhar posted about the “disturbing incident” on Facebook, expressing disgust and outrage.

Shaming anyone's outfit, particularly a young child's, is embarrassing and unacceptable. The dress was a knee-length cotton dress that appears anything but seductive. 

“I have been playing chess in Malaysia for almost two decades and I have never heard this type of issue ever in any tournaments in Malaysia,” Kandhar wrote in the Facebook post. “This should be the first and last time this kind of issue ever appears. I or anyone of us should never accept this in our chess community.”

A Malaysian Chess Federation spokesperson reportedly told Malay Mail Online that the tournament secretariat is investigating the incident.

Read a more detailed article about the incident in Metro UK.

April M. Short is a yoga teacher and writer who previously worked as AlterNet's drugs and health editor. She currently works part-time for AlterNet, and freelances for a number of publications nationwide.

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