According to reports from Iran’s local media on Sunday, an bank manager who served an unveiled woman has been sacked as protests sparked by the compulsory head-covering requirement rock the Islamic regime to its foundations.
The morality police in this country of over 80 million people enforce the law that requires women to cover their heads, necks, and hair.
Authorities describe widespread rallies as “riots” after the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini on September 16 in the custody of morality police for allegedly violating the dress code norms.
The manager of a bank in the province of Qom, which is close to the Iranian capital of Tehran, “had provided bank services to an unveiled woman on Thursday,” according to the Mehr news agency.
Thus, he was “removed from his position by order of the governor,” as deputy governor Ahmad Hajizadeh was cited as stating by Mehr.
The footage of the woman without her veil “elicited many reactions on social media,” according to Mehr.
Hajizadeh has stated that managers in state-controlled banks in Iran enforce the hijab rule.
Iran claims its Western “enemy” are encouraging the demonstrations, which have resulted in the deaths of dozens of people.
In 1981, four years after the revolution that toppled the US-backed monarchy and founded the Islamic Republic, women were required to wear a headscarf in public.
Later, as social mores shifted, it became usual for women to wear skintight jeans and flowy, bright headscarves.
However, President Ebrahim Raisi, a staunch conservative, rallied “all state institutions to enforce the headscarf law” in July of this year.
Despite this, however, many women continued to break the rules.