IRAN has scrapped its morality police after months of protests saw at least 200 killed, it is understood.

Riots erupted across the country following the death of Mahsa Amini, who was arrested in the capital Tehran and beaten by cops for not complying with Iran‘s strict hijab laws.


Riots erupted across Iran after a young woman was allegedly beaten to death by morality copsCredit: AFP
Mahsa Amini, 22, died after a beating by cops


Mahsa Amini, 22, died after a beating by copsCredit: Newsflash

It is understood the 22-year-old died on September 16 after being left in a coma by the regime’s morality police.

Public outrage over Mahsa’s death turned into a bloodbath with at least 200 people killed in violent riots, according to a top state security body.

Mahsa was beaten by morality police after being arrested in the capital Tehran for not complying with tough hijab laws.

She was allegedly detained for having some hair visible under her headscarf – which Iranian women are legally required to wear.

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Protests were sparked nationwide following her death as thousands of fed-up citizens rally against the strict laws.

Female rioters have burned hijabs in the street and shared videos of themselves tearing off their scarfs.

But after weeks of unrest, it is understood Iran will abolish now get rid of morality cops.

“Morality police have nothing to do with the judiciary” and have been abolished, Attorney General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri was quoted as saying by the ISNA news agency.

His comment came at a religious conference where he responded to a participant who asked “why the morality police were being shut down”, the report said.

The morality police – known formally as the Gasht-e Ershad or “Guidance Patrol” – were established under hardline president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to “spread the culture of modesty and hijab”, the female head covering.

The units began patrols in 2006.

It comes as Iran reviews decades-old hijab laws.

Montazeri said that “both parliament and the judiciary are working (on the issue)” of whether the law requiring women to cover their heads needs to be changed.

President Ebrahim Raisi said in televised comments Saturday that Iran’s republican and Islamic foundations were constitutionally entrenched “but there are methods of implementing the constitution that can be flexible”.

Katie Davis

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