Iran's prosecutor general, Mohammad Jafar Montazeri, was reported telling local media that the government had decided to shut down the morality police in the country. However, Iran’s state-run Al-Alam news channel denied the reports.
According to Al-Alam, Montazeri's comments were misreported, when he had actually meant that the "morality police have no relation to the judiciary". Iran observers on social media said that morality police operations were suspended and not abolished.
There are so many news reports which will need to be corrected today about #Iran's morality police. Suspending operations doesn't mean abolished; the attorney general does not oversee morality police and wouldn't be the one making the announcement; hijab laws remain in effect.— Jason Brodsky (@JasonMBrodsky) December 4, 2022
While critics said that it was a disinformation campaign being run by Iran's regime to stop the uprising.
It’s disinformation that Islamic Republic of Iran has abolished it’s morality police. It’s a tactic to stop the uprising.— Masih Alinejad 🏳️ (@AlinejadMasih) December 4, 2022
Protesters are not facing guns and bullets to abolish morality police or forced hijab.They want to end Islamic regime.#MahsaAmini
The report comes as Iran continues to see unabating nationwide protests that started after Mahsa Amini's death under the custody of morality police on September 16.
What's happening? The comments reportedly came on Saturday, December 3, at an event about "outlining the hybrid war during recent riots".
#UPDATE Iran has scrapped its morality police units after more than two months of protests triggered by the arrest of Mahsa Amini for allegedly violating the country's strict female dress code, local media say. pic.twitter.com/lXXN6Gg3OE— AFP News Agency (@AFP) December 4, 2022
What does it mean? It is not clear whether the so-called morality police of Iran - tasked with imposing dress codes in public - was permanently shut down.
Context: Iran's morality police, AKA "Gasht-e Ershad", or the Islamic guidance patrol was established officially over 15 years ago when Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was the President.
Protests continue in Iran today after #MahsaAmini's death in custody at the hands of the 'morality police' for violating the mandatory hijab laws.— Dorsa Amir (@DorsaAmir) September 23, 2022
How did we get here? The story is my family's story, and mine, too.
A personal history of women's oppression in Iran. 1/ pic.twitter.com/5UGyc8oozZ
These individuals are among at least 28 people, including 3 children, who could face execution in Iran in connection with nationwide protests, as authorities use the death penalty as a tool of political repression to end the popular uprising. #مهسا_امینی https://t.co/8smIjFOcxh pic.twitter.com/WJb0ExTc21— Amnesty Iran (@AmnestyIran) December 2, 2022
Theaters actors in Bandar Abbas in the southern coast of Iran silently protest the mandatory hijab while also expressing support for colleagues in Tehran who were arrested after taking part in a similar protest. #MahsaAmini #زن_زندگی_آزادگی pic.twitter.com/gNS8AwQ0DD— Golnaz Esfandiari (@GEsfandiari) December 3, 2022
You can’t hand over death sentences, keep +15,000 people in prison for speaking out, steal victims' bodies, intimidate the families, kill more than 450 people, & claim the alleged suspension of the morality police is a change. It’s NOT. #MahsaAmini #مهسا_امینی #IranRevolution pic.twitter.com/MGA7q2ZJNd— Omid Memarian (@Omid_M) December 4, 2022