Turkish Airlines shuts down in Iran due to hijab violations


(MENAFN) The Iranian authorities have taken action against Turkish airlines by shutting down its office in Tehran after female employees reportedly refused to comply with Iran's mandatory hijab law, as reported by local media on Tuesday.

According to Iranian media sources, Police officers visited the Turkish Airlines office on Monday to issue an initial warning regarding the non-observance of the hijab, which requires women to wear Islamic headscarves in public. The situation escalated when the employees allegedly resisted police directives, leading to the closure of the office, as detailed by the Tasnim news agency.

While reports suggest the possibility of the Turkish Airlines office reopening on Wednesday, Iranian police have not officially confirmed this development. Meanwhile, Turkish Airlines has refrained from immediate comment on the incident, according to Turkish media reports.

The enforcement of hijab regulations in Iran has been a contentious issue since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, with violations potentially resulting in fines or even imprisonment for women perceived to be improperly dressed. Last year, Iranian lawmakers advocated for stricter penalties, including lengthy prison terms for individuals involved in organized protests against the hijab law.

In a tragic incident in 2022, the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman in the custody of Iran's morality police for alleged hijab violations, sparked widespread protests across the country. These protests led to thousands of arrests and underscored the deep societal divisions over the enforcement of religious dress codes in Iran.

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