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Iranian ‘Morality Police’ Dissolved Amid Widespread Anti-Hijab Protests

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Saqalain Eqbal
Saqalain Eqbal
Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).

Iranian media reports that the country’s “morality police” units have been abolished following more than two months of demonstrations in response to Mahsa Amini’s imprisonment for allegedly defying the rigorous female clothing code.

Iran’s ISNA quoted the Iranian Attorney General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri, saying that “Morality police have nothing to do with the judiciary” and have been dissolved.

Under Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s administration, the Gasht-e Ershad, also known as the “Guidance Patrol,” was established in 2006 to promote the “culture of modesty and the hijab.”

The news of its dissolution came the day after Jafar Montazeri stated that “both parliament and the judiciary are working (on the matter)” on whether the law mandating women to cover their hair should be amended. 

Four years after the 1979 revolution that established the Islamic Republic of Iran and toppled the US-backed monarchy, the hijab was made obligatory in Iran.

Before beginning to crack down and arrest women fifteen years ago, morality police officials first offered warnings, Iranian media said.

In an effort to quell the nationwide protests over Amini’s death, the regime has detained thousands of people, some of whom have been sentenced to death.

Protesters are calling for changes to the country’s stringent Islamic rules and their interpretation.

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