Iran Issues Warning on Mandatory Headscarf in Cars

Iranian police have reinstated a warning that women must wear mandatory headscarves even in cars, media reported Monday.

Protests have dominated Iran since the Sept. 16 death of Amini, 22, an Iranian Kurdish man arrested in Tehran on suspicion of violating the Islamic Republic’s strict dress code for women.

Tehran commonly refers to protests as “riots.”

Fars news agency quoted a senior police officer as saying that a “new phase” (“monitoring” in Persian) of the Nazer-1 program is being rolled out “by the police across the country.”

The Nazer program, launched in 2020, is concerned with “removing hijabs from cars,” Fars added.

When the service launches in 2020, car owners will be sent an SMS text message warning them of any dress code violations in their vehicles and warning them to take “legal” action if it repeats. I was.

However, police appear to have dropped the threat of legal action, according to messages posted on social media platforms.

“Hijab removal has been observed in your vehicle. We must respect social norms and ensure that this practice does not repeat,” police reportedly sent and posted on social media. Please read the message.

Iran’s morality police, known as Gasht-e Ershad, or “Guidance Patrol,” are required to enter public spaces to check the enforcement of a strict dress code.

Following the protests, a large number of women living in the upscale neighborhoods of the capital Tehran, as well as in the more modest and traditional southern suburbs, were observed refusing to wear headscarves.

Since September, Morality Police’s white and green vans have become a rare sight on the streets of Tehran.

In early December, Attorney General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri was quoted as saying the moral police had been closed.

But campaigners were skeptical of his comments, which appeared to be an impromptu response to questions at the conference, rather than an announcement of clear signposts by the Interior Ministry, which oversees the police.

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