Iran officially dissolves the moral police

Jakarta, CNN Indonesia

Government Iran disband units moral police after more than two months of protests over the arrest Mahsa Amini who are considered inappropriately dressed.

Attorney General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri said the morality police were disbanded because they had nothing to do with justice.

“The moral police have nothing to do with the judiciary and have been abolished,” he allegedly said. AFP extensionSunday (4/12).

Moral policing has become a topic of conversation after arresting Mahsa Amini some time ago. A few days later, the woman died in custody.

Amini’s death sparked massive protests in Iran. They are calling for justice, transparency and speaking out on issues of freedom of expression.

Amini’s story made the public pay attention to Iran’s moral police. They wondered about the responsibility and impunity enjoyed by the country’s clerical elite.

“You would be hard pressed to find an average Iranian woman or regular family member with whom she doesn’t have a history of interacting [polisi moral dan pusat pendidikan ulang]. This is their presence,” Human Rights Watch senior researcher Tara Sepehri Far said, quoted by CNN.

The Moral Police is a component of the Iranian Police Force (LEF) which enforces the rules against social immorality and evil. They have access to power, weapons and detention centres.

The moral police also monitor the recently established “re-education centres”.

The education center serves as a detention facility. Citizens could be arrested for not respecting the rules of decency.

Inside the detention facility, inmates are taught about Islam and the importance of the veil. Authorities would then force them to sign pledges to comply with dress regulations before being released.

The executive director of the Center for Human Rights in Iran, Hadi Ghaemi, said the re-education center was established in 2019. However, this facility is believed to have no legal basis.

“The officers of these centers arbitrarily detain countless women under the pretext of disobeying the state-imposed veil,” Ghaemi said.

Furthermore, Ghaemi explained that women were treated like criminals because of their crimes.

“(They) were photographed and forced to take lessons on proper headscarfing and Islamic morality,” he added.

Iran dictated the way women dress long before the establishment of the Islamic Republic.

In 1936, Iran’s then pro-Western leader, Reza Shah, banned the wearing of veils and veils in an attempt to modernize the country. Many women fight.

He was later deposed. Pahlevi Shah then took over. The new ruler implemented the mandatory veil in 1979. However, the rule was only ratified into law in 1983.

The government then formed a task force to enforce the regulations, namely the moral police. It is their job to ensure that the rules are followed.

Iran’s Morality Police under the command of Mohammad Rostami Chemtech Gachi shows more and more violence and excessive force.

In early 2022, Rostami said he would punish Iranian women who refuse to wear headscarves, the House Treasury quoted.

Morals police patrol the streets with mandates to enter public areas to monitor the application of the hijab law and other Islamic requirements.

(ryh/sa)



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