But they will continue to impose restrictions on “social behaviour”, and the hijab law remains in force. So this is just a cosmetic change designed to fool people both inside and outside the country into thinking that the Islamic Republic is reforming. But is not. However, it also shows that the protests have the mullahs deeply concerned. They hope this move will calm everyone down. should not
“Iran Abolishes Morality Police After Months of Protests,” by Vivian Yee, New York Times, December 4, 2022:
Iran has abolished the morality police, according to an announcement by the attorney general published in state media, after months of protests sparked by the death of a young woman who was being held for allegedly violating the country’s strict Islamic dress laws.
The decision, reported by state media on Saturday night, appeared to be a major victory for feminists who have sought for years to dismantle the force and for the protest movement sparked by the death of young Mahsa Amini, 22 years old, in September. . The unrest has become one of the biggest challenges in decades to Iran’s authoritarian clerical system of rule, and the decision to eliminate the morale police was the government’s first major concession to the protesters.
The morality police “were abolished by the very authorities that installed them,” the statement from Attorney General Mohammad Javad Montazeri said, according to state media reports. But he went on to suggest that the judiciary would continue to impose restrictions on “social behavior.” He also indicated that the authorities were reviewing the headscarf regulation.
But it was not immediately clear what impact these changes would have on future dress code enforcement or whether authorities planned to relax the hijab law, which remained in place.
The main role of the morality police was to enforce laws related to Iran’s conservative Islamic dress code, imposed after the 1979 Islamic Revolution and recently strengthened by the country’s ultra-conservative new president. The dress code for women became an ideological pillar of the ruling clerical establishment, central to its identity….