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Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 22
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iranian president Hassan Rouhani has warned that promoting Islamic values should not lead to insecurity in the society.
Rouhani made the remarks while commenting on a bill submitted by MPs in Iranian parliament, Iran's State IRINN TV reported Oct. 22.
The bill called "Enjoying good and forbidding wrong", basically gives the right for people to interfere with other people's behavior, if it contradicts the Islamic rules.
"Security and mutual respect is the base of the mentioned Islamic doctrine," Rouhani said.
"Enjoining good and forbidding wrong", or promotion of virtue and prevention of vice is an Islamic doctrine mentioned in the Quran.
Rouhani also said the issue should not be limited to only hijab (Islamic dress code), also mentioning corruption, poverty, unemployment as the worst vices in the country.
The president also warned about misusing the issue among certain groups, saying it is for the open public.
"A few certain people in the country do not consider themselves as custodians of the morality," Rouhani said.
He expressed hope that the outcome of the parliament bill will not lead to division of Iran's society.
Iran's interior ministry has earlier objected to the bill, saying there is no necessity for a new bill on the issue.
Some radical Iranian group has announced that will patrol Tehran's streets to enforce Islamic rules, in particular hijab. Rouhani's administration has opposed the decision.
The interior ministry has warned that the groups' actions would be considered illegal and "dealt with" accordingly.