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Iran’s Attorney General, Mohamad Yafar Montazeri, reported on Sunday that the morality police has been dismantled in the country. This is the security agency that monitored people’s clothing and arrested, above all, women who did not cover themselves in accordance with the moral codes dictated by the regime.
The prosecutor assured, in statements reported by EFE, that such police has nothing to do with the Judicial Power. Experts and analysts explained that the measure would be taken due to the protests that have been taking place in the country for the last three months.
“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 judicial action is the last resort and cultural measures precede any other,” Montazeri vindicated in a speech at a meeting with clerics in Qom.
Protests in Iran have been ongoing since September 16, following the death in police custody of 22-year-old Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini, who had been arrested by morality police for allegedly wearing the veil incorrectly.
Similarly, the demonstrations have not only been against police abuses but have also called for an end to the Iranian regime. According to the Iranian Security Council, more than 200 people have been killed since the beginning of the protests. However, other organizations, such as Oslo-based Iran Human Rights, put the death toll at 448 due to heavy police repression.