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Iran closes Turkish Airlines office as female employees flout mandatory hijab law

Iran closes Turkish Airlines office as female employees flout mandatory hijab law


Before the Iranian revolution, the hijab was not mandatory. It became mandatory for all women in the country in 1983, under penalty of imprisonment and fine.

Iran went so far as to close a Turkish Airlines office in Tehran after local female employees flouted the country’s requirement to wear headscarves.

According to local reports, police went to the airline’s office to issue a “first warning” but the employees “caused trouble to police officers” who responded by closing the office but will be allowed to reopen.

While women’s protests gained momentum in 2009 and 2017-19, they accelerated following the death of Mahsa Amini in September 2022 under suspicious circumstances while she was in custody for not wearing a hijab. Eyewitnesses say she was beaten to death, while police say the young woman spontaneously suffered a heart attack.

Hundreds of people have been killed by security forces as a result of the protests.