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Iran Bank Manager Fired for Serving an Unveiled Woman

Iranians use ATMs of Bank Melli Iran in downtown Tehran, Iran, April 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)
Iranians use ATMs of Bank Melli Iran in downtown Tehran, Iran, April 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

A bank manager in Qom, Iran was fired for serving an unveiled woman, according to local media reports and a video documenting the incident. The latest development comes as demonstrations in Iran continue into the third month despite brutal crackdowns from the Islamic Republic’s security forces.

According to Mehr News Agency, an Iranian state-owned news outlet, the bank manager in Qom province, near the capital of 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,” said Deputy Governor Ahmad Hajizadeh. The video of the unveiled woman “elicited a lot of reaction on social media.”

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

Women in the country of more than 80 million people are required by the laws of the Islamic government to cover their heads, necks, and hair, a measure enforced by the country’s morality police. 

After coming into power in 1979, the mullahs of Iran mandated the hijab on Iranian women and curtailed many other freedoms they had before the Islamic Revolution.

With the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in early September by the morality police for allegedly breaching the dress code rules, young and old Iranians throughout the country have come out to protest against the regime and its dictatorial rule. 

Protesters throughout Tehran, Qom, and cities across the country have called for the death of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Ebrahim Raisi.

In response to the protests, the Islamic regime has deployed security forces, the Basij paramilitary force, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), and its terrorist proxies to arrest, beat, and kill protesters throughout Iran. 

In his speeches to supporters of the regime, Iran Supreme Leader Khamenei has accused the West and Israel of inciting protests against the government while labeling peaceful Iranian protesters as “rioters” and “terrorists.”

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