Iran shutting down 'morality police,' could ease hijab rules amid deadly protests

  • In Business
  • 2022-12-04 18:49:27Z

Iran is apparently shutting down its "morality police" amid violent protests sweeping the nation since the death of a woman who was forcibly taken into custody after being accused of violating the theocracy's strict Islamic dress code.

Iranian Attorney General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri, speaking Sunday at a religious conference, said the Gasht-e Ershad "had nothing to do with the judiciary and have been shut down," according to BBC Persian. The Gasht-e-Ershad reported to Iran's Interior Ministry.

Mahsa Amini, 22, died in custody Sept. 16 after being accused of breaking a 1983 law requiring women to wear a head scarf, or hijab. Outrage ensued, and a growing number of women have stopped wearing the hijab.

The Interior Ministry said Sunday that over 200 people, including security forces and  civilian, have died in the protests. Damage was estimated at $40 million.

On Saturday, Montazeri said the hijab law would be reviewed and that recommendations could come in a week or two. President Ebrahim Raisi, who called for a crackdown on the hijab law in July, also showed signs of retreat.

"There are methods of implementing the constitution that can be flexible," he said.

IRAN FANS DIVIDED:Some Iranians favored the US in World Cup match against US

In this Monday, Sept.
In this Monday, Sept.  

The morality police was established in 2005 under then-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a hard-liner who sought to "spread the culture of modesty and hijab." Women also are required to cover their bodies in long, loose clothing.

The uprisings have rolled across dozens of cities, and the government has blocked internet connectivity across the nation. Mass arrests of students, journalists, activists, artists, sports figures and celebrities who expressed grievances with Iran's hard-line government have become almost daily events.

The issue spread into the World Cup underway in Qatar. Players on Iran's national team refused to sing the national anthem in their first match against England. The team played three games - including a loss to the U.S. - and was knocked out before single-elimination games began Saturday.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Iran abolishes 'morality police,' could ease hijab rules amid protests


More Related News

The U.S. on Israel
The U.S. on Israel's far-right government: It is what it is.
  • World
  • 2023-01-31 00:29:08Z

Antony Blinken's visit to Israel this week shows how, given challenges such as Iran, the Biden administration has decided to engaging the new Israeli...

Blinken, Netanyahu discuss countering Iran and support for Ukraine
Blinken, Netanyahu discuss countering Iran and support for Ukraine
  • World
  • 2023-01-30 20:48:00Z

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu on Jan. 30, discussing a range of joint U.S.-Israeli efforts to oppose Iran's ...

Make Iran ambassador ethnic minority woman not
Make Iran ambassador ethnic minority woman not 'white colonial' man, says Labour MP
  • World
  • 2023-01-30 19:30:00Z

The British ambassador to Iran should be an ethnic minority woman and not a "white colonial" man, according to a Labour frontbencher.

Iran summons Ukrainian diplomat over Podolyak
Iran summons Ukrainian diplomat over Podolyak's comments on Isfahan factory strike
  • World
  • 2023-01-30 12:52:00Z

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran has summoned Ukraine's charge d'affaires in Tehran over Ukraine's reaction to the attack on the arms factory in the...

Russia says
Russia says 'provocative' drone attack on Iran could have caused out-of-control escalation

"Such destructive actions could have unpredictable consequences for peace and stability in the Middle East," Moscow's Foreign Ministry said. A U.S. official...

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply


Top News: Business