Iran has deleted the morality policethe force that monitored people’s clothing and detained, above all, women who did not cover themselves in accordance with the codes dictated by the system of the islamic republicas assured by the country’s attorney general, Mohamad Yafar Montazeri.
That Police “has nothing to do with the Judiciary,” Montazeri said when making the announcement in statements broadcast on Saturday night by the local Iranian news agency ISNA, in what analysts consider a cession to the protest movement. popular that the country has registered for three months.
Montazeri explained that the Judiciary will continue to monitor behavior at the community level and stressed that women’s clothing is still very importantespecially in the holy city of Qom, south of Tehran.
“The bad hijab (Islamic veil) in the country, especially in the holy city of Qom, is one of the main concerns of the judiciary as well as our revolutionary society, but it should be noted that legal action is the last resort and cultural measures precede any other,” Montazeri justified in a speech at a meeting with clerics in Qom.
The city of Qom is the theological center of Iran, where the main seminaries of the country are located and where thousands of pilgrims and seminarians from all over the world visit and study.
Iran has been experiencing widespread protests since September 16, after the death in police custody of the 22-year-old Kurdish girl Mahsa Aminiwho had been arrested precisely by the Morality Police for allegedly wearing the Islamic veil wrong.
Protests call for the end of the Islamic Republic
“This is not a protest, this is a revolution”, “we do not want an Islamic Republic”, “death to the dictator”are some slogans that protesters shout in street protests or at night from the windows of their houses and write on the walls of buildings since last September.
According to Iran’s Security Council, since the beginning of the protests, “more than 200 people” have died, but foreign humanitarian organizations, such as Iran Human Rights, based in Oslo, place the death toll at 448 due to strong police repression.
Also, at least 2,000 people have been accused of various crimes for their participation in the mobilizations, of which six have been sentenced to death.