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  • » 12/29/2017, 09.28

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    Tehran, no more arrests for violations of 'Islamic dress code'



    Police in the capital announce educational courses instead of prison. The rigid dress code in force since Revolution, and remains valid outside the capital.

    Teheran (AsiaNews / Agencies) - No more prison for those who violate the Islamic dress code in the capital. Two days ago the general police brigadier of the capital, Hossein Raimi, announced that in place of prison, people discovered wearing “inappropriate" clothing will be encouraged to attend educational courses.

    " According to a decision of the commander of the police force, those who do not properly observe the Islamic dress code will no longer be taken to detention centers," Rahimi said, adding that more 7,900 people took part in the courses offered in 100 consulting centers in the province of Tehran.

    However, the restrictive rules remain in place outside the capital, and according to the semi-official Iranian agency Tasmin, repeat offenders could still face legal consequences.

    The regulation has been in force in the Islamic Republic since the 1979 revolution. It dictates that women must cover their hair and wear loose and long dresses. A diktat that many young Iranian women challenge by wearing veils that partially leave their heads uncovered, especially in the capital. In the past, many men have been stopped for exposing a naked torso or wearing shorts.

    Under the presidency of the moderate Hassan Rouhani, gradually Iran is liberalizing its customs despite the dominance of the advocates of the hardest and most conservative line among the security forces and the country's judicial system.

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