Iran’s Mandatory Hijab Enforcement: Impact on Society, Businesses, and Karim Bagheri’s “Number Six” Restaurant
The enforcement of Iran’s mandatory hijab policy has led to closures of businesses, such as restaurants and hotels, and spurred resistance among citizens. This article delves into the complex landscape of Iran’s mandatory hijab enforcement, exploring its origins, its impact on various sectors, and the evolving dynamics between the state and its citizens, including the closure of Karim Bagheri’s “Number Six” restaurant in Tehran.
Origins of Mandatory Hijab Enforcement
The enforcement of mandatory hijab in Iran has deep historical and cultural roots. Following the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iran underwent a transformation in its political and social structure, resulting in the establishment of an Islamic Republic. Under this new regime, traditional Islamic values were prioritized, including the mandatory wearing of the hijab, a form of modest clothing that covers a woman’s hair and body. This policy was reinforced through legal frameworks and religious interpretations that prescribed severe penalties for non-compliance.