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Iran. The morality police will be back on the streets

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The “morality police” will return to the streets of Iran, a spokesman for the local police said on Sunday. Officers in special patrols are to look out for women in public places who do not comply with the rules regarding dress code and covering their hair. Morality patrols were lifted earlier after protests erupted in Iran over the death of a young Iranian woman, Mahsa Amini.

Morality patrols disappeared from Iranian streets last year as a result of months of protests that erupted in the country after the death of Mahsa Amini. A young woman was detained on suspicion of not covering her hair sufficiently. She died in custody. According to reports, she was to be beaten there.

At least 500 people died and tens of thousands were injured in the demonstrations following the death of the 22-year-old. The protests were seen as the greatest threat to the Islamic government since it took power in 1979.

Woman in hijab. Illustrative photo Shutterstock

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First a warning, then “legal action”

Under Iranian law, which is based on the country’s interpretation of sharia, women must cover their hair with a hijab and wear long, loose clothing to conceal their figures.

The “morality police” units that will now be back on the streets will be tasked with ensuring that these rules are respected and apprehending people perceived to be dressed “inappropriately”.

During the inspection, officers will first warn women who do not comply with the rules, said police spokesman Saeed Montazerolmahdi, quoted by the Tasmin news agency. He added that if the women did not comply, the police could decide to take “legal action”.

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