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Iran scrapped its ‘Morality Police’ after massive anti-hijab protests

More than two months of protests following the arrest of Mahsa Amini for allegedly violating Iran's strict women's dress code, the government has now dismantled its morality police units.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Tehran: After two months of countrywide anti-hijab protests following the death of Mahsa Amini, the Iranian government has taken a major decision and decided to disband the country’s morality police. Local media gave this information on Sunday. 22-Year-old Mahsa died in custody after being arrested by the Morality police in Tehran. After this, many demonstrations were seen all over Iran. Mehsa was arrested for violating the country’s strict women’s dress code.

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Sources quoted Attorney General Mohammad Zafar Montazari as saying, “Morality police have nothing to do with the judiciary. It has been abolished.”

According to the report, the Attorney General’s remarks came in response to a religious conference where a participant had asked why the morality police were being shut down? Known as Gasht-e Ershad, it was founded during the tenure of Iran’s hardline President Mehmood Ahmadinejad to promote the culture of the hijab. More than 300 people were killed in protests that began in Iran on September 16 after the death in custody of Mahsa Amini.

Iran’s Attorney General said that results will be seen in a week or two. He told that on Wednesday (November 30) the review team has met the Cultural Commission of the Parliament. On the other hand, President Ibrahim Raisi has also indicated to amend the law. President Ibrahim Raisi said on a TV channel that Iran’s republican and Islamic foundations are constitutionally strong, but the methods of implementing the constitution well can be flexible, they will be used.

Let us tell you that there was a time when women in Iran lived in an atmosphere of openness like in western countries, but everything changed after the Islamic revolution in 1979. The Islamic Revolution overthrew the US-backed monarchy and Ayatollah Khomeini assumed the throne. Ayatollah first implemented Sharia law. Hijab became mandatory for all women in Iran in April 1983. Now it is mandatory for every woman above 9 years of age to wear hijab in the country. Tourists also have to follow this rule.

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