Iran: Police start to monitor the wearing of the Muslim veil again

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Iran&nbsp ;: the police resume monitoring the wearing of the Muslim veil

Women who have failed to wear the hijab in the car will be notified by text message. (File photo)

Iranian police are restarting surveillance of women wearing the hijab in cars, local media reported on Monday, more than 100 days after the death in custody of young Iranian girl Mahsa Amini sparked unrest across the country.

Iran has been rocked by unrest since the September 16 death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini following her arrest for alleged violation of a strict women's dress code .

Police have started the new stage of the Nazer-1 ["surveillance", in Persian] program across the country, a senior police official told Fars news agency.

It's worth mentioning that the Nazer-1 is about the lack of hijab in cars, with the police sending a text message to the offender, he said. he explained.

According to the agency, this message will read: The lack of the veil has been observed in your car. It is necessary to respect the norms of society and be careful not to repeat this act [of removing the veil].

On the other hand, the threat present in a first version of the message stipulating that if this action is repeated, legal and judicial consequences will be applied against you has been removed.

The Nazer program has been launched by the police in 2020.

After the mobilization that followed Amini's death, the morality police – who had arrested the young woman in September – stopped #x27;arrest women walking bareheaded in the streets and take them to the police station.

In early December, Iranian Attorney General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri said that the units of the vice police – known as the Gasht-e Ershad (guidance patrol) – had been closed.

But activists remain skeptical of the statement, which seems be an off-the-cuff response to a question posed at a conference rather than a clear announcement from the Home Office.

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