Protest-hit Iran abolishes morality police

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Iran has scrapped its morality police after greater than two months of protests triggered by the arrest of Mahsa Amini for allegedly violating the nation’s strict feminine costume code, native media mentioned on Sunday.

“Morality police have nothing to do with the judiciary” and have been abolished, Attorney General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri was quoted as saying by the ISNA information company.

His remark got here at a spiritual convention the place he responded to a participant who requested “why the morality police were being shut down,” the report mentioned.

The morality police — recognized formally because the Gasht-e Ershad or “Guidance Patrol” — have been established below hardline president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to “spread the culture of modesty and hijab,” the feminine head protecting.

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The items started patrols in 2006.

The announcement of their abolition got here a day after Montazeri mentioned that “both parliament and the judiciary are working (on the issue)” of whether or not the regulation requiring girls to cowl their heads must be modified.

President Ebrahim Raisi mentioned in televised feedback on Saturday that Iran’s republican and Islamic foundations have been constitutionally entrenched “but there are methods of implementing the constitution that can be flexible”.