Morality Police in Tehran Arresting Women with “Bad Hijab”

Courtesy of The Guardian, In a pre-summer ritual, an Iranian policewoman warns a young woman about her clothing and hair during a crackdown to enforce the Islamic dress code. Photograph: Majid/Getty Images
Courtesy of The Guardian, In a pre-summer ritual, an Iranian policewoman warns a young woman about her clothing and hair during a crackdown to enforce the Islamic dress code. Photograph: Majid/Getty Images

Summary: As many as 7,000 agents in the Iranian capital will be targeting women with ‘bad hijab’, but a new police-spotting app may give fashion rebels the edge

Source: The Gardian – Police in Tehran are deploying 7,000 undercover morality agents tasked with a fresh crackdown on women defying strict rules on the wearing of the hijab, among other offences deemed un-Islamic.

Every spring, as the temperature rises and with it the desire of people to go out, the authorities in Iran tighten their grip on social norms, increasing the number of the so-called morality police deployed in public places. They target anything from loose-fitting headscarves, tight overcoats, shortened trousers for women and glamorous hairstyles to necklaces for men. Walking dogs has also been added to the long list of activities that upset the authorities.

It is not clear if the announcement is a response to the recent launch of the Android smartphone app Gershad, which enables users in Iran to circumvent the morality police vans based on information about their locations collected by other users.

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