Iran: the police resume the controls of the wearing of the veil, suspended after the death of Mahsa Amini

Backtracking in Iran? Iranian police have resumed monitoring the wearing of hijab by women, local media reported on Monday 2 January, more than 100 days after the death in custody of the young Iranian Mahsa Amini. After the mobilization that followed his arrest for alleged violation of the dress code for women, the morality police stopped arresting women walking bareheaded in the streets.

“The police have started the new stage of the Surveillance-1 program”who “focuses on the absence of hijab in cars”, a senior police official told the Fars news agency. The first provision provides for the police to send a text message to the offender. According to the agency, this message is as follows : “The absence of the veil was observed in your car. It is necessary to respect the standards of society and to ensure that this act is not repeated.”

In early December, Iran’s attorney general said the vice squad units had been shut down. But activists remain skeptical of the statement, which appears to be an off-the-cuff response to a question posed at a conference, rather than a clear announcement from the Home Office.

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