Turkey Allows Women Police to wear Islamic Headscarf

Turkey has for the first time allowed policewomen to wear the Islamic headscarf as part of their uniform.

Women serving in the police force will be able to cover their heads under their caps or berets so long as the headscarf is the same colour as the uniform and without pattern.

Turkey lifted a ban on the wearing of the Muslim headscarf, known as the hijab, on university campuses in 2010.

It allowed female students to wear the headscarf in state institutions from 2013 and in high school in 2014.