Iran has abolished its morality police after months of widespread protests.
Eko Hot Blog reports that Iran has announced the abolishment of its morality police which had triggered monthslong protests in the country.
Thousands of Iranian citizens flocked to the streets and protested for months following the death of a young woman who was being held by the force for supposedly violating the country’s strict Islamic dress laws.
The 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died in September.
State news outlets reported the decision to abolish the morality police on Sunday, which appeared to be a major victory for feminists who have sought for years to dismantle the force.
In a statement, the Attorney General Mohammad Javad Montazeri said the morality police “was abolished by the same authorities who installed it.”
But he went on to suggest that the judiciary would still enforce restrictions on “social behavior.”
Montazeri also indicated that the authorities were reviewing the regulations that mandate women wearing head scarfs in public.
But it was not immediately clear what impact these changes would have on enforcement of the dress code going forward or whether the authorities were planning to relax the hijab law, which remains in place.
The primary role of the morality police was to enforce the laws related to Iran’s conservative Islamic dress code, imposed after the 1979 Islamic Revolution and recently invigorated by the country’s new ultraconservative president.
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