UPDATE: Protest-Hit Iran Abolishes Morality Police 

UPDATE: Protest-Hit Iran Abolishes Morality Police 

by Victor Ndubuisi

According to local media, Iran has abolished its morality police following more than two months of protests sparked by the detention of Mahsa Amini for allegedly breaching the country’s strict female clothing code.

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

His comment came at a religious conference where he responded to a participant who asked “why the morality police were being shut down”, the report said.

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Under hardline president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the morality police, called technically as the Gasht-e Ershad or “Guidance Patrol,” were founded to “promote the culture of modesty and hijab,” the female head covering.


The patrols began in 2006.

The declaration came a day after Montazeri stated that “both parliament and the courts are working (on) the subject” of whether the legislation requiring women to cover their heads should be modified.

In broadcast remarks Saturday, President Ebrahim Raisi stated that Iran’s republican and Islamic roots were constitutionally anchored, but that “there are methods of applying the constitution that might be flexible.”


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