26 C
Friday, January 27, 2023

Iran Announces End Of ‘Morality Police’ To Appease Protesters

- Advertisement -

Iran’s Attorney General says the Islamic Republic has disbanded the “morality police” adding that it had nothing to do with the judiciary since its creation.

Mohammad Jafar Montazeri made the comments in a meeting Saturday, stressing that; however, the judiciary continues to monitor behavioral conduct among the people, a hint that hijab rules are not scrapped and only special patrols in streets are disbanded.

Earlier in the week, Montazeri had mentioned that the Parliament and the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution would announce their opinion on the issue of forced hijab within two weeks, signaling that the mandatory hijab rule might be modified or revoked.

The recent protest movement in Iran was triggered by the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman when she was arrested by the ‘morality police’ for ‘improper attire.’ During the nationwide protests, women removed the mandatory hijab and set their headscarves on fire in the streets as a sign of protest.

Western governments, including the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada, added the hijab law enforcement unit of the Islamic Republic to their list of sanctioned entities.

Many women in Iran are now appearing in public without the mandatory hijab and regular police are not interfering a sign that authorities are either unwilling to risk further confrontation with the public or find it impossible to deal with so many people undermining the rule at the same time.

The ‘morality police’ was officially launched in the summer of 2006 during the presidency of then-president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a conservative. Ahmadreza Radan, the former police chief of Tehran during this time described the mission of the ‘morality police’ as “fighting against the improper hijab.”

The end of the controversial and violent institution has been announced by a top Iranian judiciary official in a situation in that people on social media say the decision would not persuade them to give up protests since they have fundamental demands, including an end to the Islamic Republic.

They say the mandatory hijab itself is an apartheid policy against women which is still in force. It also symbolizes broader demands for fundamental political and economic reforms like a free and independent judiciary, freedom of speech, free elections, etc.

The Islamic Republic is far from accepting such demands because that would mean its demise if officials became accountable through democratic institutions.

While people on social media generally call for the ouster of the regime, it seems the end of the morality police is an insufficient concession to protesters.

Iranian women’s fight against state-imposed hijab started as early as 1979 shortly after the Islamic Republic was established. Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the first leader of the clerical regime announced immediately announced that women would be allowed in their workplaces only if they observe compulsory hijab.

Soon after his comments, thousands of Iranian women poured into the streets to protest but they were brutally suppressed by pro-regime forces that would later form the Revolutionary Guard, Basij paramilitary, and the ‘morality police.’

This led to years of socioeconomic marginalization of women who rejected the imposition of compulsory hijab. Many well-educated Iranian women, including doctors, nurses, and teachers, lost their jobs and a large number emigrated.

(Iran International)


රනිල් රටේ ප්‍රශ්ණ භාගයක් විසඳා අවසන් – ඉතිරි භාගයත් විසඳනවා – සමන් රත්නප්‍රිය

ජනාධිපති රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතා රටේ පවතින ප්‍රශ්ණවලින් භාගයක් විසඳා අවසන් බව ජනාධිපති වෘත්තීය සමිති අධ්‍යක්ෂක ජනරාල් සමන් රත්නප්‍රිය මහතා පවසනවා.

මානව හිමිකම් කොමිසම විදුලි බලධාරීන් එරෙහිව ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණයට

ශ්‍රී ලංකා මානව හිමිකම් කොමිෂන් සභාවේ විධානය ක්‍රියාත්මක කිරීම පැහැර හැරීම සහ ඊට අගෞරව වන පරිදි අපහාස කිරීමේ වරදට අදාළ පාර්ශවයන් වෙත...

BREAKING – පාර්ලිමේන්තුව වාර අවසාන කිරීමේ සුදානමක්?

9 වන පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ තෙවැනි සභාවාරයේ කටයුතු අවසන් කිරීමට රජය තීරණය කර තිබෙනවා. රජයේ ඉහළ පෙළේ ආරංචි මාර්ග පෙන්වා දෙන්නේ...


“World will think we are incapable.”: President justifies grand Independence celebration

A pre-discussion was held this morning (26) at the Presidential Secretariat under the patronage of President Ranil Wickremesinghe regarding the Independence Day...

Gautam Adani accused of pulling the ‘largest con in corporate history’

Indian billionaire Gautam Adani has slipped from being the world’s third richest man to the fourth after an activist investment firm released...

Italy to supply helicopters to SL to combat human trafficking

Italy has expressed its willingness to help Sri Lanka by supplying helicopters for anti-human trafficking measures taken by the Government of Sri...