What we know about Iran's notorious 'morality police' and how it operates

This force has been patrolling the streets of Iran since 2006, arbitrarily enforcing its strict dress code

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An Iranian woman cuts her hair during a protest following the death of Mahsa Amini, outside the Iranian consulate in Istanbul, Turkey (Photo: Reuters)

BS Web Team New Delhi
It has been nearly three months that Iran has been on the boil. And the trigger for these violent protests, which have left over 200 people dead, is the country’s fanatical ‘morality police’. The protests have been raging since the mysterious death of a 22-year-old Kurdish-Iranian woman, Mahsa Amini, in the custody of this heavy-handed force, which had arrested her on September 16 for allegedly wearing her hijab improperly. Now, while Iran's attorney general has said that the ‘morality police’ has been disbanded, whether this has indeed been done is debatable.

What is Iran’s ‘morality police’?

"Gasht-e-Ershad", which translates into 'guidance patrols' – now infamous as Iran’s 'morality police' – is a unit of the nation's police force that was

First Published: Dec 06 2022 | 6:30 PM IST

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