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Iran’s morality police arrest scores, testing Rouhani’s “liberalization”
Iran’s morality police arrest scores, testing Rouhani’s “liberalization”

Iran’s morality police have intensified their patrols in recent days, arresting women who have been ignoring the restrictive Islamic dress code, ISNA news agency has reported.

Friday, 30 August 2013

Iran’s morality police have intensified their patrols in recent days, arresting women who have been ignoring the restrictive Islamic dress code, ISNA news agency has reported.

The move is seen as a test of president Rouhani’s commitment that under his new administration social codes will be relaxed and that women should feel safe from verbal and physical attacks of the Islamic vigilantes.

 

According to ISNA, “the presence of morality policemen and women has increased significantly in the streets, parks, recreational and shopping centers of the city in recent days”.

 

Tens of women who were not wearing their traditional hijab headscarf “properly” have been taken to local police stations for questioning.

 

Earlier in the week the vigilantes had prevented several women from entering a concert hall in Tehran due to their “inappropriate clothing”.

 

Iran's clerical leaders say Islamic attire helps protect women against the “sex symbol status” they have in the West. But young women in urban areas continuously defy the restrictions by wearing tight clothing and colorful headscarves that barely cover their hair.

 

Even men with spiked haircuts deemed too “Western” are being targeted by the authorities in the police clampdowns.