Iran has now completely abolished it’s “morality police”
Gasht-e Ershad, Guidance Patrol which is also commonly known as ‘morality police’ was founded by the uncompromising President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the year 2006. The protest was on for more than two months which is now abolished. The protest was triggered because of the arrest and beatings of Mahsa Amini who was allegedly violating the country’s female dress code.
Lets know more about Mahsa Amini. A 22 year old Iranian woman died in a hospital located in Tehran, Iran under mysterious circumstances on 16 September 2022. It was reported that the Guidance Patrol, Gasht-e Ershad arrested Amini for not wearing the Hijab properly and according to the standards set by the government for the females. Before transferring her to the Tehran Hospital, Law enforcement Command of Islamic Republic of Iran stated that she suffered from a cardiac arrest and fell into a coma. Although the by-standers said that she was severely beaten and was beaten to death by the brutality shown by Iranian Police. This was denied by the Iranian Police and the other authorities. It is believed that Mahsa Amini died of a hit on head causing a cerebral hemorrhage.
Because of this news breakout among the locals and over the internet, it resulted in a series of increasing extent of protests. This protest was more widespread than the protests in 2009, 2017 and 2019. It is recorded as the largest Iranian protest until now. Nearly 304 protesters were killed by the Police Forces. Many protestors have even faced police brutality in various forms. Some female protesters stopped wearing Hijab and cut their hair publicly to show their rage.
Attorney General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri quoted that the Guidance Patrol was not connected with the judiciary and justice system hence it was meant to be abolished. The declaration came after Attorney Montazeri said that the parliament and judiciary are working on the issue whether the women are required to cover their heads or not or the law should be changed.