First concession. Iranian Attorney General Says Vice Police Disbanded
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The morality police detained 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who had died in September, for violating the rules of wearing the hijab.
Iran's Attorney General announced that the country will disband the vice police, which monitors the observance of the Islamic dress code, writes BBC.
This statement was made by Attorney General Mohammad Jaafar Montazeri at a public event on Sunday, December 4. Protests have been going on in Iran for many months over the death of Mahs Amini, who was detained by the vice police for allegedly violating the rules of wearing the hijab.
When asked if the vice police had been dissolved, Montazeri replied: ” The vice police have nothing to do with the judiciary and have been disbanded by those who created them.”
In Iran, the vice police was controlled by the Ministry of Internal Affairs, not the judiciary.
Massive protests in Iran began on September 16, a few days after Amini, 22, died after being detained by the vice police. Her death was the catalyst for protests that also began against the backdrop of poverty, unemployment, inequality and corruption in the country.
The dissolution of the vice police would be a concession on the part of the Iranian authorities, but so far there is no guarantee that this will be enough to ending the protests.
“The fact that the government has decided to disband the vice police does not mean that the protests in our country will end,” the Iranian woman said on the BBC program.