An activist group said Turkey has no law against headscarves, and it was unfair to bar teachers and other public employees from wearing one if they choose.
"Turkey has wasted a lot of time and energy in the past 12 years discussing this," said Ahmet Faruk Unsal, president of the Association of Human Rights and Solidarity for Oppressed Peoples. "People can work at state agencies wearing headscarves all over the world today. The regulation of 1982 and its archaic restrictions should be lifted."
The regulation requires female workers to leave their heads uncovered. A teacher in Ayvalik who defied the ban was chastised in the Turkish media this week.
Local education officials said they were not overly concerned with how their teachers dress, but a teachers' union official said headscarves can create a distraction for teachers who have to decide to wear one or not, Today's Zaman reported.
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