Iran bank manager fired for serving unveiled woman: media

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Nov 28 2022 06:49 AM

This UGC image posted on Twitter reportedly on Wednesday shows an unveiled woman standing on top of a vehicle as thousands make their way towards Aichi cemetery in Saqez, Mahsa Amini's home town in the western Iranian province of Kurdistan, to mark 40 days since her death, defying heightened security measures as part of a bloody crackdown on women-led protests. A wave of unrest has rocked Iran since 22-year-old Amini died on Sept. 16 following her arrest by the morality police in Tehran for allegedly breaching the country's strict rules on hijab headscarves and modest clothing. UGC, AFP
This UGC image posted on Twitter reportedly on Wednesday shows an unveiled woman standing on top of a vehicle as thousands make their way towards Aichi cemetery in Saqez, Mahsa Amini's home town in the western Iranian province of Kurdistan, to mark 40 days since her death, defying heightened security measures as part of a bloody crackdown on women-led protests. A wave of unrest has rocked Iran since 22-year-old Amini died on Sept. 16 following her arrest by the morality police in Tehran for allegedly breaching the country's strict rules on hijab headscarves and modest clothing. UGC, AFP

TEHRAN, Iran - An Iranian bank manager who served an unveiled woman has been fired, local media reported on Sunday, as demonstrations triggered by the mandatory head covering rule shake the Islamic republic.

Women in the country of more than 80 million people are required to cover their heads, necks and hair, a law enforced by the country's morality police.

The September 16 death in morality police custody of Mahsa Amini, 22, for allegedly breaching the dress code rules, sparked nationwide demonstrations which authorities call "riots".

Mehr news agency reported that the bank manager in Qom province, near the capital Tehran, "had provided bank services on Thursday to an unveiled woman".

As a result he was "removed from his position by order of the governor," Mehr quoted deputy governor Ahmad Hajizadeh as saying.

Mehr said video of the unveiled woman "elicited a lot of reaction on social media".

In Iran most banks are state-controlled and Hajizadeh said it is the responsibility of managers in such institutions to implement the hijab law.

Dozens of people, mainly protesters but also members of the security forces, have been killed during the demonstrations, which Iran says are encouraged by its Western "enemies".

The hijab became mandatory four years after the 1979 revolution that overthrew the US-backed monarchy and established the Islamic Republic.

Later, with changing clothing norms, it became commonplace to see women in tight jeans and loose, colorful headscarves. 

But in July this year ultra-conservative President Ebrahim Raisi called for mobilization of "all state institutions to enforce the headscarf law".

Many women continued to bend the rules, however.

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