Iranian authorities have shut down a restaurant in the central city of Shiraz due to its noncompliance with the mandatory hijab laws.
Fars province deputy governor Esmail Mohabipour made the announcement on February 21, saying that “while business suspensions are not ideal, it’s necessary to apply the law to protect the social and cultural privacy of society.”
Since the eruption of nationwide protests in September demanding more freedoms and women’s rights, a growing number of Iranian women have appeared in public without the mandatory headscarf. Some of them have been arrested or summoned by the authorities.
Meanwhile, restaurants, cafes and even pharmacies have been sealed for owners and managers failing to observe Islamic laws and mandatory hijab rules.
All women in Iran must conceal their hair with a headscarf, or hijab, while in public and wear loose fitting trousers under their coats.