» 11/13/2007, 00.00
Teheran cracks down on “moral vices”
The death of a girl, arrested by Iranian police because she was in the company of a male friend, is declared a “suicide”. Iran’s Supreme Leader approves the list of “vices” to be fought, among them makeup and hats.
Teheran (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Iran’s government daily’s today published a list of moral vices which police are called to counter, among them make up and hats in the place of veils. The officers added that they are also bent on cracking down on “decadent” films, drugs and alcohol.
This is the latest move in a ferocious campaign against non Islamic customs, the harshest of the last ten years. Moreover it has confirmed the support of the nations’ Supreme Leader, ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who last week urged the public security authority to combat “social vices”.
In the last six months, tens of thousands of women have been arrested or “warned” by police regarding their dress. Only yesterday, a girl died in prison where she had been taken by police for not having respected Islamic morals.
The girl was arrested because she was found in the company of a boy in a park. According to the police the girl committed suicide, but this theory is doubted by reformist press and one deputy.
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Islamic veil: one million stopped, 10 thousand charged
With the arrival of spring in Teheran, police clamp down on dress codes for women. If their hair is visible, they wear too much make-up or are under- dressed; they are accused of inciting “insecurity in public spaces”. Those considered “irregular”, are subjected to humiliating procedures.
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Mullahs and designers in parliament to design the Iranian outfit that will be compulsory wear for men, as it already is for women. The smoking ban will extend to cars too, and no women can go to stadiums, because the ayatollahs have blocked this concession by Ahmadinejad.
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Iranian authorities launch new clothing lines to get women to cover their heads, but ‘immoral’ dresses are still traded in underground sales.
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