Hijab fees: Iran reduced to bribing foreign workers to cover their heads
An Iranian lawmaker has complained that female Russian technicians working at the Bushehr nuclear power plant are not respecting the country’s dress code despite that they are being paid to wear the Islamic headscarf, known as the hijab.
Bushehr’s Russian women technicians receive a “hijab payment” but “do not properly observe” what is required by their contracts, said Seyyed Mehdi Mousavi Nejad, a member of parliament from Dashtestan in southern Bushehr Province, told Sepas News Agency.
He said despite that there is a “special gathering” for Russians in Bushehr but the female workers often appear in markets and streets without the hijab or with a “poor hijab.”
He urged Russian women to fulfill their “commitments” as written in their work contracts.
Nejad said he was unaware how much money the Iranian government pays Russian women.
Russia took over as the main contractor at Bushehr in the 1990s. But the plant is yet to be fully operational and connected to Iran's national power grid.
All women in Iran, regardless of their nationality or religion, are required to cover their hair and much of their body.
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