Iran issues warning on mandatory headscarf in cars: Media

TEHRAN: Media reported on Monday that Iranian police have resumed advising women to wear mandatory headscarves even in cars as unrest continues following Mahsa Amini’s death.
Since Iranian-Kurdish Amini, 22, was arrested in Tehran for allegedly violating the Islamic republic’s strict dress code for women, protests have gripped the country. Amini died on September 16.
In general, Tehran refers to the protests as riots.
A senior police officer was quoted by Fars as saying that the “new stage” of the Nazer-1 program, which means “surveillance” in Persian, was being implemented “across the country by the police.”
Fars added that the “removal of hijab in cars” objective of the 2020-launched Nazer program.
When it went live in 2020, car owners would receive a text message via SMS that would notify them of a dress code violation in their vehicle and warn them about taking “legal” action if it happened again.
However, social media messages indicate that the police appear to have abandoned their threat of legal action.
“The hijab has been removed from your vehicle: A message that was reportedly sent by the police and shared on social media read, “It is necessary to respect the norms of the society and ensure that this action is not repeated.”
The “Guidance Patrol,” also known as Iran’s morality police, are required to enter public areas to verify compliance with the strict dress code.
In the aftermath of the protests, numerous women were observed without a headscarf and without being stopped in both more affluent parts of Tehran’s capital and its more traditional southern suburbs.
Since September, the ethical quality police’s white and green vans turned into a considerably less normal sight in the city of Tehran.
Mohammad Jafar Montazeri, Iran’s Prosecutor General, was quoted as saying that the morality police had been shut down at the beginning of December.
Campaigners, on the other hand, were wary of his remarks because they appeared to be an impromptu response to a question at a conference rather than a clearly marked announcement made by the interior ministry, which is in charge of the police.

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