Iran has taken stringent measures against businesses that fail to adhere to the country’s strict dress code, and the latest target is a water park that allowed women entry without the mandatory headscarf. The closure of the water park, known as the Mojhaye Khoroushan complex, is part of Iran’s ongoing efforts to enforce its hijab regulations. This development comes amid increasing tensions over the dress code in the country. Here are the details of the closure and its implications.
Closure of Mojhaye Khoroushan Water Park:
- The Mojhaye Khoroushan water park, one of the world’s largest indoor water parks, spanning over 60,000 square meters, has been closed by Iranian authorities.
- The closure took effect on Sunday evening, as confirmed by the complex manager, Mohammad Babaei.
- According to Babaei, the park was shut down due to people ignoring the rules related to chastity and hijab (headscarf).
Mandatory Hijab Rules in Iran:
- Women in Iran have been required to cover their heads and necks with a headscarf since 1983, following the Islamic revolution of 1979.
- Babaei stated that the water park had consistently adhered to these hijab regulations and had regularly reminded female visitors to respect the dress code.
Impact on Jobs:
- Approximately 1,000 people employed at the water park are now concerned about potential job loss due to the closure.
- The Mojhaye Khoroushan complex is located on the outskirts of Mashhad, a northeastern holy city in Iran known for its Shiite Islamic shrine.
Background on Dress Code Protests:
- Women in Iran have increasingly challenged the country’s dress code, especially after mass protests erupted following the death of a 22-year-old woman, Mahsa Amini, in police custody in September of the previous year.
- Amini, an Iranian Kurd, had been arrested for allegedly violating the dress rules.
- In recent months, the Iranian government has intensified efforts to enforce the dress code. This includes the closure of businesses that do not comply with the rules and the installation of surveillance cameras in public places to monitor dress code violations.
- In July, state media reported heightened police patrols aimed at apprehending individuals who do not adhere to the mandatory hijab law.
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