A women’s sports tournament in West Bengal was cancelled last month after Muslim cleric objected to the participants’ uniforms. It was another sign of how women are still not free to dress how they want.
On March 14, women football players from all over the country assembled for a seven-a-side exhibition football match at Harishchandrapur in West Bengal. However, they were not allowed to play and the match had to be cancelled.
The Progressive Youth Club of Chandipur village in Harishchandrapur police station reported that the match was cancelled because of a fatwa issued by the Muslim clerics against the match. The maulavis had reportedly said that the match would be against Islam, and threatened an agitation if it went ahead.