Iran’s guidance patrol or morality police might finally be abolished after a long wave of protests. This has been made possible by the Iranian citizens who protested, raised their voice and fought for what they believed in.
The Origin of the morality police
Following the Iranian Islamic revolution (1979), the women in Iran were required to wear a hijab in order to cover their head, neck and hair. At the time, the Islamic revolution committees were responsible for the hijab mandates but later, in 2005, the guidance patrol (or morality police) took over their responsibilities. The morality police arrested or detained women who did not wear their hijabs or wore them incorrectly. Moreover, they even beat these women illegally on multiple occasions.
Why did the protests start?
The morality police arrested a 22-year-old Iranian woman named Mahasa Amini on the charge of wearing her hijab incorrectly. The young woman was taken into custody and two days later, she died of an alleged heart failure. But many officials believed that her death was a result of being beaten brutally by the police. They could account for this by the bruises on Mahasa’s face and legs. This revelation that the morality police had brought upon the untimely death of a young woman, greatly angered the public, who later took to the streets to protest against the cruel and ironically immoral police force.
What was the process like?
The women of Iran initiated the demonstrations against the Iranian regime but men also played a huge role. Furthermore, people of all ethnicities — men and women — were united in their stance towards the regime. In many cities, women burnt their hijabs and cut their hair while dancing at the same time. Strikes were also reported in schools, colleges and various shops. Besides this, the protests spread to many parts of Europe with European women removing parts of their locks to show their support.
The regime’s response
During the course of the long protests and demonstrations, security forces fired on students, beat civilians and terrorised the protesters. The death toll of the protests was reported to be around 531 and an additional 1100 people received non-fatal injuries (with multiple deaths and injuries remaining unreported).
The Attorney General Mohammad Javad Montazeri stated during a meeting that the morality police “was abolished by the same people who created it.” This statement led to the circulation of news, which claimed that the morality police is finally getting abolished. However, the protesters remain unsure about the status of this abolishment since the government has not issued an official statement yet.
Only the Iranian government can answer the question of whether the morality police will actually be abolished or not. But in the current situation, the citizens of Iran will not be stop until they bring down the Islamic regime