Tehran, Iran, Sep. 04 – The
commander of Iran’s State Security
Forces in the city of Orumieh, northwest Iran, threatened on
Sunday that police would crackdown “forcefully and decisively” on women who
were not properly veiled.
Speaking to reporters, Colonel Rasoul Khorshidi-Far said, “The main aim of the State Security
Forces in combating mal-veiling is to build [Islamic] culture in society. If
any opposition is witnessed in this regard, it will be decisively dealt
Colonel Khorshidi-Far added that if any woman
refuses to obey the instructions of the police in covering herself with a
veil, she would have to appear in court to face prosecution.
In August, Iran’s judicial
spokesman vowed that “improperly-veiled women” will be treated as if they had
no Islamic veil at all.
“Being improperly veiled and not wearing a veil are no different. When it is
clear from the appearance of a woman that she has violated the law, then the
crime is obvious and law enforcement agents can take legal measures against
her”, Jamal Karimi-Rad said.
“Crimes such as mal-veiling or other prohibited acts, which happen before the
eyes of a law enforcement agent, are evident crimes and must be dealt with in
accordance with the law”.
Women have been facing a harsher crackdown since the June elections that led
to Ahmadinejad’s presidency