A female doctor's medical license has been suspended on the grounds of "inappropriate behavior contrary to Islamic values," after she appeared without wearing a headscarf at a ceremony.
The doctor, Fatemeh Rejaei-Rad, a specialist in facial surgery, attended a ceremony honoring exemplary doctors in northern Amol city on October 26, dressed in a suit and without covering her hair.
The President of Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Farhad Gholami, referred to Rejaei-Rad as a "violator and lawbreaker.”
Gholami further said that in addition to the medical license suspension, the ceremony's managers have been referred to a disciplinary board.
It appears that Rajaei-Rad's medical license was revoked following state media coverage and pressure from extremist groups.
All women in Iran must conceal their hair with a hijab while in public and wear loose fitting trousers under their coats.
A growing number of Iranian women, who refuse to wear a head covering, have been arrested and prosecuted amid a wave of protests sparked by the September 2022 death of Mahsa Amini while in custody after being detained by police for allegedly wearing her headscarf improperly. And a new law passed this year seeks to impose 10-year jail terms on any woman accused of not wearing her headscarf in public.