What to know about Iran’s morality police

Since Ms Amini’s death, the morality officers have rarely been seen and many women appear in public every day without the hijab in an act of civil disobedience. But other security forces, including the notoriously brutal Basij militiamen, have beaten and arrested women seen as defying the hijab law, videos posted on social media show.

In his remarks on Monday, Mr. Mohammadi confirmed that “the work of the morality and social security police, which operated under the orders of the security forces and on the orders of the judiciary and the prosecution, is for the moment ended”. He stressed that authorities were considering “newer, more updated and detailed methods” to enforce morality laws.

When Mr Montazeri, the attorney general, said at the weekend that the morality police had been closed, he added that the judiciary would continue to monitor social behavior, leaving open the possibility that the mandatory hijab law would continue. to be applied.

A day earlier, Mr Montazeri said the judiciary was working with other authorities to draft a bill “related to the area of ​​chastity and hijab”, and had to reach an agreement within 15 days.

Mr Raisi, the president, said in a television interview on Saturday that “there are law enforcement methods and mechanisms that should be reviewed”, according to IRNA, Iran’s state-run news agency.

Appearing at a pro-hijab rally in the holy city of Qom on Monday, Hossein Jalali, a member of parliament, said the government was not giving up on the hijab law.

“We will not withdraw from the policy of hijab and chastity, otherwise withdrawal will mean giving up the entire Islamic Republic,” he said. “The hijab is our flag and we won’t drop it.”


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