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Iran disbands Morality Police after two months of nationwide anti-hijab protests

Iran disbands Morality Police after two months of nationwide anti-hijab protests

Tehran: After two months of intense protest sparked by the custodial death of a 22-year-old woman Mahsa Amini arrested for allegedly violating the country’s strict female dress code headscarf, Iran has finally scrapped its morality police units, its top judicial officer reportedly said.

“Morality police have nothing to do with the judiciary” and have been abolished, Attorney General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri was quoted as saying late Saturday by the ISNA news agency.

The attorney general made these remarks on Saturday at a religious conference while responding to a participant who asked “why the morality police were being shut down”, the report said.

The announcement came a day after Jafar Montazeri said that “both parliament and the judiciary are working (on the issue)” of whether the law requiring women to cover their heads needs to be changed.

However, he did not specify what could be modified in the law by the two bodies, which are both largely in the hands of conservatives. The decision also comes in the wake of intense pressure from the opposition parties to abolish the morality police units.

On Saturday, the Union of Islamic Iran People Party, formed by relatives of former reformist president Mohammad Khatami, demanded that authorities “prepare the legal elements paving the way for the cancellation of the mandatory hijab law”.

The opposition also called for the Islamic republic to “officially announce the end of the activities of the morality police” and “allow peaceful demonstrations”, it said in a statement.

The “Morality Police” or the Gasht-e Ershad or “Guidance Patrol” has been subject to international sanctions for the crackdown against protesters. It was established during the regime of hardline president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to “spread the culture of modesty and hijab”. They began patrolling in 2006. (Agencies)

 

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