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Morality police disbanded after Mahsa Amini protests in Iran

The Irshad Patrols, which took Mahsa Amini into custody before her death, sparked the igniting of the protests that have been going on for more than two months across Iran.

Known as the morality police in everyday language, the organization was established in 2006 by then-President Mahmud Ahmadinejad to spread the culture of chastity and veiling.

According to the ISNA news agency, Iran‘s Chief Prosecutor Mohammad Jafar Montazeri said that the morality police is not part of the judicial system and has been abolished.

A day before the announcement, Muntazari said that the Revolutionary Supreme Council under the Parliament and the Presidency was working on the headscarf issue and that the result would be announced soon.

The protests that started after the death of Mahsa Emini in police custody, who was detained on the grounds that she did not comply with the headscarf rules in Iran, brought up the demands for the abolition or stretching of the compulsory headscarf law, which has been implemented in the country since 1979.

Although the Iranian administration did not accept to give up the compulsory headscarf application after the demonstrations, which lasted two and a half months and is considered one of the longest-lasting anti-government protests in the country, it is thought that the increased inspections during the conservative Chief’s government can be reduced.

The death of 22-year-old Mahsa Emini on September 16, who fell ill and was taken to hospital after being detained by the Irshad patrols, known as the “morality police” in Tehran on September 13, sparked protests against the country’s government.

Although there were statements from official sources that civilians and security forces died in the events, no clear information was given about the number of deaths.

Revolutionary Guards Army Air Forces Commander Brigadier General Emir Ali Hacızade, in a speech on November 29, said that more than 300 people, including security forces, lost their lives in the protests that have been going on for about two and a half months in the country.

Norway-based Iranian Human Rights Institution (IHR), on the other hand, stated in its report published on November 29 that 448 protesters died as a result of the intervention of the security forces in the street demonstrations that started after the death of Mahsa Emini.

According to the news reflected in the country’s media, more than 60 security guards lost their lives during the demonstrations.

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