The Iranian government has announced the abolition of the Moral Police following the protests that began in Iran following the death of Mahsa Amini in police custody.
According to the French news agency AFP, Iranian Attorney General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri has said that “the moral police has nothing to do with the judiciary and it is being abolished.”
He said this while answering a question in a religious conference. He was asked that ‘why is the moral police being abolished?’
Iran’s morality police were established during the regime of former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with the aim of “ensuring the use of the hijab among women.” The police began patrolling cities in 2006.
Yesterday, the Attorney General said that Parliament and the Judiciary are reviewing the law regarding hijab.
Mohammad Jafar Montazeri said that “both the Parliament and the Judiciary are working on this issue and evaluating whether there is a need to change this law.”
He did not specify what would change the law, but said the review committee met with parliament’s cultural commission on Wednesday and a result would be out in a week or two.
During the era of former Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, there was not so much strictness regarding hijab. Many women were seen in tight jeans and loose-fitting and colorful hijabs. But in July of this year, Iranian President Ebrahim Reisi ordered the strict implementation of this law.
However, many women did not obey this law.
Iran has accused the United States, Britain, Israel and Kurdish groups of creating “riots” in the country.
A general of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard has said for the first time this week that more than three hundred people have been killed in the protests that began after the death of Mehsa Amini.
However, Iran Human Rights in Oslo, Norway said on Tuesday that the security forces have killed at least 448 people in these protests.