Iran has scrapped its morality police after more than two months of protests over the arrest of Mahsa Amini for allegedly violating the country’s strict dress code for women, local media said on Sunday.
“The morality police have nothing to do with the judiciary” and have been abolished, Attorney General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri told ISNA news agency.
His comment came at a religious conference where he was responding to an attendee who asked “why the vice squad was shut down,” the report said.
The morality police – formally known as the Gasht-e Ershad or “Guidance Patrol” – was created under hardline president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to spread “the culture of modesty and hijab,” the female head covering.
The units started patrols in 2006.
The announcement of their abolition came a day after Montazeri said that “both parliament and the judiciary are working (on the issue)” whether the law requiring women to cover their heads should be changed.
President Ebrahim Raisi said in televised commentary on Saturday that Iran’s republican and Islamic foundations are constitutionally entrenched “but there are methods of implementing the constitution that can be flexible.”
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