Iran abolishes notorious morality police after protests

People light a fire during a protest over the death of Mahsa Amini, a woman who died after being arrested by the Islamic republic’s “morality police”, in Tehran, Iran September 21, 2022. WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Iran has abolished its notorious morality police units after more than two months of protests triggered by the arrest of Mahsa Amini for allegedly violating the country’s strict female dress code, according to AFP.

“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 nationwide protests, sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman, on Sept. 16 in the custody of the so-called morality police for allegedly violating the country’s Islamic female dress code, posing one of the boldest challenges to the rulers there since the 1979 revolution.

Gasht-e Ershad, or guidance patrol (Morality Police), in Iran was responsible to monitor and enforce the Islamic dress in Iran by women. The hijab has been compulsory for women in Iran since shortly after the 1979 Islamic revolution.

 

 

 

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