There moral police Iranian, the body responsible for monitoring compliance with the precepts imposed by the regime of the Islamic Republic, would have been dissolved.
The official announcement, according to Irna, was made by Attorney General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri in Qom, the holy city of Iran, on the sidelines of a meeting with the country’s clergy.
For some, the declaration comes as an acknowledgment and surrender to the wave of peaceful popular protests that have been sweeping Iran since September, triggered by the death of Mahsa Amini, which occurred while in the custody of the religious police in the detention center of Vozara in Tehran. While for others we need to be cautious and check whether the abolition of control over the strict religious rules, of which the hijab for women is a symbol, is real.
For Farian Sabhai historian of Iran and lecturer at John Cabot University the news “comes too late, the protests will not stop and will not improve the conditions of women in Iran“.
In fact, Montazeri immediately specified that “the judiciary will continue to monitor behavior and underlined that women’s clothing continues to be very important, especially in the holy city of Qom”. Thus, “the fall” of the hijab in force since 1983 after the Revolution and has become in these last 12 weeks of protests, a symbol of willingness for radical reforms in Iranian society, it would not be under discussion, even if the prosecutor has announced that in two weeks the Iranian parliament will discuss a change to the law on the compulsory use of the Islamic veil. It’s all to be seen. At the bottom “l‘hijab is like the Berlin wall, if the veil falls everything falls” He says Masih Alinejaddissident journalist exiled in the USA.
The Iranian justice will continue to be officially charged with checking that the Shiite reading of the Qur’anic law (Sharia) is respected: “The moral police has nothing to do with the judiciary”, Montazeri said again who, according to Radio Farda, acknowledged the recent “accidents,” which led the security apparatus to seek “a prudent solution to this problem”.
The news of the abolition of the morality police sounds like music to the ears of Donna Vita Libertà supporters! even if the international community of Iranians in the Diaspora believes that the announcement is “just propaganda” and that “since the personnel of the Military Corps are part of the “public” system and therefore not fireable, they will at the moment be redistributed among the ranks of the internal security”.