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Iran: Summer Heat and the Regime’s “Moral Security Plan” (VIDEOS)

Iran: Summer Heat and the Regime’s “Moral Security Plan” (VIDEOS)

Barely two months after Ayatollah ‘Alam Al-Hodeh proclaimed in a sermon that “women who are unveiled or wear tight clothing are more dangerous than evil animals,” the crackdown on “improper” clothing in Iran continues. Majid Abhari, an adviser on society issues, claims that “60% of Tehran’s residents violate the Islamic dress code.”  As a result, police enforcement of dress code this year has been increased to 70,000 in Tehran alone, the largest of Iran’s annual summer crackdowns.

Beginning last month, Iran launched a “moral security plan,” which now gives traffic police authority to issue “un-Islamic dress code” fines, a charge that up until now, was only given by the country’s morality police.

“Those with a history of violating the hijab and the manufacturers of inappropriate clothing will be dealt with,” Ahmadreza Radan, deputy commander of security forces, told the semi-official Mehr News Agency.  “Tight clothing for men or women, headscarves that do not properly cover the hair, short and inappropriate outfits, and symbols of deviant movements and satanic groups will be targeted by the officials.”

Like many before it, the current crackdown in Iran is not so much about Western symbols and fashion as it is about politics and control.  And with summer temperatures going up into the 90s in Tehran, police forces have increased to make sure that lighter, cooler fabrics are not in violation of the country’s dress code.  Men usually get escorted back home, but women who get caught are lectured on Islamic clothing and values.  Those who are detained must sign a pledge before they are released to not dress improperly.

Yet these crackdowns are not just limited to fines and lectures; they can also include forceful arrest, as in the case of the three citizen videos below:

A woman trying to escape arrest in Hamadan

Citizens protesting a girl’s arrest in Tabriz

A mother screaming as her 13-year-old daughter is arrested

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2:33PM PDT on Sep 7, 2011

WOMEN ONCE AGAIN GET A RAW DEAL.

12:43AM PDT on Jul 23, 2011

Thanks for the article.

2:30AM PDT on Jul 22, 2011

You can call it what you want,religion,macho men,dictatorship...it all comes down to the same....POWER over women and we let this type of people in all of our "civilise" country......
minorities or not THIS SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED!

7:54PM PDT on Jul 21, 2011

Coming soon to a country near you!- oh, excuse me this country; thanks to right wing nutjobs and religious fanatics both Islamic and Christian. Run women run!- but you can't --your burqua won't allow it and your drivers license has been revoked because you are female.

3:01PM PDT on Jul 21, 2011

iran never fails to surprise and disgust me .. i should say their gov specifically not the people who get this shit inflicted on them.

11:46AM PDT on Jul 21, 2011

RELIGION IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL Get rid of religion and there shall be peace on earth!

10:54AM PDT on Jul 21, 2011

Islan, throught eh Koran, and throught he words of Mohammed, actually requires "modest" dress for BOTH men and women. It is only the men in charge who have required that hijabs, burqas, etc are worn by women in order to control them. Some women actually prefer to wear a full veil as they feel protected and actually feel naked if out in public without a veil.

10:52AM PDT on Jul 21, 2011

Connie, I agree with you partially, because the same is happening in this country..We have a dangerous movement promoted by the beguiling devious Bachmans and Palins. We have in this country a dangerous movement that is moving this country towards a Theocracy instead of a Democracy.Sure I want religious freedom, just as much as I want the freedom to be free of religion..We absolutely need a secular Government in order to have a true Democracy..

10:45AM PDT on Jul 21, 2011

Fred K. the Shah was imposed by the British..What is the difference? Just manipulation by the Western countries including the US for one thing only= OIL

10:39AM PDT on Jul 21, 2011

I would like to see men compelled to wear tents so we don't have to put up with their stupid f.#@ faces. Any religion that imposes a specific habit just for women is doomed! Organized religions were created by men to dominate women out fear of their sexual power..!
In nature, it is women who chose their partner!

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