Conflicting reports of Iran disbanding morality police and hijab law
There are conflicting reports as to what Iran intends to do with its “morality police,” who are said to be responsible for the death of a woman who would not obey hijab law.
Iran’s Attorney General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri was quoted as saying that the country’s Guidance Patrol would be abolished in the future… and that its rules on women being required to wear hijabs in public would be reviewed, according to local media.
Iran’s morality police will be disbanded, the country’s attorney general said.
The announcement comes after months of protests over the death of a young woman, Mahsa Amini, who is being held by vice squads for “allegedly” breaking strict headgear rules. pic.twitter.com/o8TGGWuKSy
A state media agency, however, refuted this … and suggested that Montazeri had spoken unsolicited and that any dissolution of the vice squad was the responsibility of the Interior Ministry – not the judiciary or Parliament. So far no official word from this department.
News of a possible change to the country’s strict anti-women regulations was seen as a big win after months of protests following the September death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who died as a result of injuries sustained while in detention September.
Massive protests and civil unrest erupted both there in Iran and elsewhere in the world as people banded together to show solidarity with Iranian women following Amini’s death.
Amini is said to have been wearing a headscarf improperly when Guidance Patrol officers approached and tried to get her to put it on fully. This issue has been around for a long time, and now it seems to be reaching a boiling point – assuming Iran will actually back down.