The end of Iran’s morality police?

The end of Iran’s morality police?
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Islam News – Iran has abolished the morality police after months of protests ignited by the death of a young woman, Mahsa Amini, who was being held by the force for supposedly violating the country’s strict Islamic dress laws.

The decision, which was announced by Iran’s attorney general in remarks carried on state media, appeared to be a significant victory for the protest movement that has consumed Iran since Amini’s death in September.

The movement has amounted to one of the biggest challenges in decades to Iran’s system of authoritarian clerical rule. Security forces have responded with a crackdown that has left hundreds dead and about 14,000 arrested, according to rights groups.

The absence of any official government statement on disbanding the force left some questioning where the policy stood exactly. But by late Sunday the authorities had not issued a denial on state media outlets, either.

Context: The morality police’s primary role was to make sure women covered their bodies in long, loose clothing and their hair with a head scarf or hijab. Enforcement has always been uneven and arbitrary.

Results: The attorney general said on Thursday that the authorities were reviewing the head scarf regulations and would issue a decision within 15 days, but protesters are now pursuing more than dress law reforms.

Source: The New York Times

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