In defiance of Iranian law, Russian women working at the only nuclear plant in Iran are not covering themselves in the traditional ‘hijab’ when they come to work, even though they are allegedly being paid an incentive to do so. Iranian member of parliament Seyyed Mehdi Mousavi Nejad is incensed by this violation.
He asks that these women immediately comply with their contractual obligations or be sanctioned. A number of these same workers routinely appear at the marketplace in the port town of Bushehr where the nuclear plant is located, flaunting the same disregard of Iranian moral code. They are being threatened with arrest.
The Clarion Ledger writes:
“A Tuesday report by the semiofficial ISNA news agency quotes Mahdi Mousavinejad, a representative of the southern Iranian port of Bushehr, where the plant is located, as saying violation of dress code by the Russian workers has had a ‘corrupting and negative impact’ on his constituency.”
Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister, Hassan Ghashghavi, has denied any ‘hijab’ incentive at this plant although he has firmly stated that all women in Iran are subject to the same laws, regardless of whether they are Iranian or Russian. To date, there have been no arrests.