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Photos: Women Attending Concert In Tehran Arrested By Morality Police


Report by Radio Zamaneh; photos by Abdolvahed Mirzazadeh, ISNA

Scores of women who wanted to attend a concert at Milad Tower in Tehran on Monday were arrested by police. ISNA reports that the arrests are connected with the implementation of a plan to deal severely with women who dress "inappropriately" in public places, adding that a famous actress was also arrested on similar grounds.

The report indicates that an Iranian actress with the initials L.A. was on her way to attend a music concert when the morality police spotted her and arrested her.

Ahmadreza Radan, the deputy police chief, confirmed that the police have stopped women who were not adhering to "hijab" (accepted Islamic attire), saying: "The police will not allow programs and fairs in which hijab and morality are not observed."

The Tehran police force has announced that women who are not sufficiently compliant with the "hijab" regulations in public will face stricter policing in the coming days.

The head of the Iranian police force, Esmail Ahmadi Moghaddam, told ISNA that at many festivals and official ceremonies, women are not following the appropriate regulations for public attire, and the police force is obliged to intervene.

With the start of summer, the Islamic Republic police force always becomes more focused on confronting women on the street for dress code violations.

In May, Ahmad Rouzbehani, the head of the morality police, said 70,000 police officers are being deployed to confront dress code violations on the street and using satellites.


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