Iran Bows To Pressure, Moves To Abolish Morality Police In Face Of Months-long Protest

by Oluwamuyiwa Oyedele

Iran has abolished the morality police, according to an announcement by the attorney general carried on state media, following months of protests set off by the death of a young woman who was being held by the force for supposedly violating the country’s strict Islamic dress laws.

The decision, appeared to be a major victory for feminists who have sought for years to dismantle the force and for the protest movement ignited by the death of the young woman, Mahsa Amini, 22, in September.

The unrest has amounted to one of the biggest challenges in decades to Iran’s system of authoritarian clerical rule and the decision to scrap the morality police was the government’s first major concession to the protesters.

The morality police “was abolished by the same authorities who installed it,” the statement by Attorney General Mohammad Javad Montazeri said, according to state media reports.

He also indicated that the authorities were reviewing the head scarf regulations.

The morality police were established to spread the culture of modesty and hijab. The units began patrols in 2006. And

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