Iran to ban morality police from enforcing dress code
Iranian President Hassan Rowhani has banned the country’s morality police from arresting women considered to be dressed immodestly, reported UK-based daily The Telegraph on Wednesday.
The curb on power of the Gashte Ershad (Guidance Patrol) was the fulfillment of an election promise to loosen strict standards on Iran’s Islamic dress code.
Rowhani has tasked the Interior Ministry with maintaining standards in dressing – however, Iran’s police head said that the dress code is no longer a matter of law enforcement and will be handled by a “social council.”
Iran’s Guidance Patrol was part of a collaboration of 26 government agencies, including “morality police” units as well as volunteer enforcers who are especially unpopular with many Iranians, according to the newspaper.
Rowhani had originally pledged that Iranian women would be protected from “harassment” and would be able to “enjoy real security.”
The president also slammed the patrol’s vigilantes, saying that their prescence was unconstitutional and “antagonizes our society and has negative results.”