Iran abolishes morality police after two months of violent hijab protests that have left 200 dead in bloody riots

IRAN has reportedly abolished its controversial morality police after months of deadly protests.

Riots broke out across the country following the death of Mahsa Amini, who was arrested in the capital Tehran and beaten by police for not complying with Iran’s strict hijab laws.

Riots broke out across Iran after a young woman was allegedly beaten to death by morale police officers

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Riots broke out across Iran after a young woman was allegedly beaten to death by morale police officersPhoto credit: AFP
Mahsa Amini, 22, died after being beaten by police officers

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Mahsa Amini, 22, died after being beaten by police officersPhoto credit: Newsflash

The 22-year-old is believed to have died in custody on September 16 after being left in a coma by the regime’s vice squad.

Public outrage over Mahsa’s death turned into a bloodbath – with at least 200 people dead in violent unrest, according to a senior state security agency.

Mahsa was beaten by morality police after she was arrested in the capital, Tehran, for not complying with strict hijab laws.

She was allegedly arrested because she had some hair showing under her headscarf – which Iranian women are required by law to wear.

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After her death, protests were sparked across the country as thousands of citizens demonstrated against the strict laws.

Female rioters have burned hijabs in the streets and shared videos of them tearing their scarves off.

The demonstrations are one of the boldest challenges to clerical leadership since the 1979 revolution.

But after weeks of unrest, Iran is now apparently getting rid of the morale police.

“Moral police have nothing to do with the judiciary” and have been abolished, Prosecutor General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri was quoted as saying by the ISNA news agency.

His comment came at a religious conference, where he responded to a participant’s question “why the morality police are being shut down,” the report said.

The Morality Police – officially known as the “Guidance Patrol” – was set up under hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to spread “the culture of modesty and the hijab,” the female head covering.

The units began patrolling in 2006.

It comes as Iran reviews its decades-old hijab laws.

Montazeri said that “both Parliament and the judiciary are working (on the question)” whether the law requiring women to cover their heads needs to be changed.

President Ebrahim Raisi said in TV commentary on Saturday that Iran’s republican and Islamic foundations are enshrined in the constitution, “but there are methods of implementing the constitution that can be flexible.”

It comes after the Iran national football team remained silent as the country’s national anthem was played ahead of their World Cup opening game against England.

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