Iran’s police arrest people violating Islamic dress code

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Iran's police arrested some men and women who have been violating the Islamic dress code in Tehran yesterday, ISNA news agency reported.

According to the report, the police banned several women and men to attend a concert in Tehran due to their "inappropriate clothing" and some of these people were arrested.

Mehr news agency quoted last week the Iranian Police Chief Brigadier General Esmail Ahmadi-Moghaddam as saying that moral security plan has not been halted and a new phase of that has begun.

Iran's police morality control department has intensified enforcement against people who have been violating the Islamic dress code in Tehran during the last several weeks.

The number of police men and women belonging to the "chastity squads" has increased significantly in the streets, parks, recreational and shopping centers of the city.

"Chastity squads" detained women who were not wearing their traditional hijab headscarf properly for questioning.

Iran mandates that women cover their heads and wear loose coats to hide their figure in observance of the "hijab." Every spring and summer police forces step up their surveillance in Tehran's streets arresting women who are deemed to be violating the dress code.

Iran's clerical leaders say Islamic attire helps protect women against the sex symbol status they have in the West.

But young women in wealthier urban areas often defy the restrictions by wearing tight clothing and colorful headscarves that barely cover their hair.

Even men with spiked haircuts deemed too "Western" are being targeted by the authorities in the police clampdowns.

Those found dressing inappropriately may be warned or can spend the night in a police station and may also be fined if they repeat offences.

The authorities say they are "fighting morally corrupt people".

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