Baku, Azerbaijan, May 8
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says that establishment of security should be the first priority for the administration.
He made the remarks addressing a group of Iran's Police commanders and staff May 8 in Tehran, the official website of the leader reported.
If there is no poverty in a society, but it has no security either, the life will turn sour, Khamenei said.
He further said that without the security, necessary works including education, business and diplomacy cannot be done in the country and management of the country would not be possible.
Khamenei added that police must be strong, but strength is not like what is happening in some western countries showing a brutal force.
He further referred to police's recent measures in the field of "moral security", saying "it's not less important if not more important."
Police should pay attention to the issue of moral security in the society, Khamenei said, adding some violate norms and spread sin in the society.
The Leader also advised the Iranian police to pay serious attention to establishment of moral security in the society, including by cracking down on miscreants, drug traffickers, and those people who do not show respect for social norms.
"If you rationally conclude that certain steps should be done [regarding the moral security], ignore oppositions," he added.
It should be noted that Police in Tehran has recently deployed 7,000 undercover morality agents to monitor the observance of the social norms including Islamic dress code.
Tehran's police chief General Hossein Sajedinia announced on April 18 that the new unit is tasked to report "abnormal moves" including removal of veils and playing loud music inside cars, driving recklessly and parading in the streets as well as harassing women.
Earlier Iranian President Hassan Rouhani criticized the police plan, saying human dignity is more important than religion.
He further said that his administration is not responsible for certain plans in the country which is implemented by other governmental bodies such as the Judiciary.
Iran's police have a morality control department which implements enforcement against people who have been violating the Islamic rules including Islamic dress code in the country.