Turkey lifts Islamic head scarf ban for women

Eurasia News

ANKARA: A ban imposed on women sitting in Parliament and working in the civil service from wearing head scarf has been lifted in Turkey, the first step towards ending the country’s long-standing restriction, Dispatch News Desk reported.

The new rules were published in the Official Gazette and took immediate effect, but these will not apply to the judiciary or the military.

The restriction dates back to the early days of the Turkish Republic, and has kept many women from joining the public work force.

However, according to secularists, the abolition is evidence of the government pushing an Islamic agenda.