A few days ago, 22-year-old Kurdish girl Mahsa Amini was arrested by Iran’s policy police for coming out without wearing the proper hijab. He later died in police custody. His death caused a wave of protests across Iran. After more than two months of protests, the country’s ‘policy police’ was finally abolished.

The country’s local media confirmed this information on Sunday.

The ISNA news agency quoted Attorney General Mohammad Zafar Montajeri as saying, ‘The ethics police has no connection with the judiciary and has been abolished.

Zafar Montazeri was attending a religious conference when a participant asked him, ‘Why is the Niti Police being stopped?’ When asked, he said this. Iran’s policy police, officially known as Gasht-e Ershad or ‘Guidance Patrol’, were established under hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to spread a ‘culture of decency and hijab’. They forced Iranian women to wear hijab.

Niti Police units started patrolling in 2006.

“Both parliament and the judiciary are working (on the issue)” of whether the law requiring women to cover their heads needs to be changed. The announcement of the abolition of Niti Police came a day after Montajeri spoke.

President Ibrahim Raisi said in televised remarks on Saturday that Iran’s republican and Islamic foundations were constitutionally established. However, there are procedures for implementing the constitution which can be flexible.

(Dhaka Times / 04 December / SAT)