Iran Expands Morality Police in Response to Women's Hijab Protests

(Telegraph-UK) Ahmed Vahdat - Iran has introduced 2,000 new morality police units in Gilan province in reaction to what officials call "increasing defiance" by "bad-hijabi women" over the compulsory wearing of hijabs. Each unit is made up of six women who have the power to arrest and detain those they deem to be flouting the country's strict veiling laws. Iran's police have also recently installed special cameras on the highways to take photos of female drivers who remove their hijab once they leave the town centers. A campaign by rights activists called "White Wednesday" encouraging women to wear white and discard their hijabs has gained support. Mohammad Abdulahpour, commander of Gilan province's Revolutionary Guards, has said that the survival of the Islamic revolution depends on the full implementation of Islamic traditions and that "the issue of hijab is...a serious political and security issue for our country."

2019-06-10 00:00:00

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