TEHRAN - Police in the Iranian capital
are poised to launch a fresh crackdown targeting "models of
corruption", or in other words poorly-veiled women, press reports said
"The police will act against the models of corruption out in public
places and against those who may not be ladies of the street but whose
conduct does not respect Islam," Tehran province's police chief,
General Reza Zareie, was quoted as saying.
The general pledged that his forces would deploy in parks and streets
around the capital that are frequented by residents on weekend picnics to
escape the sprawling city's heat and pollution.
Pre-summer crackdowns on skimpy clothes and flimsy headscarfs
are common in Islamic Iran, where all post-pubescent females are required
to wear the veil and a long coat that conceals their bodily form.
Violators risk fines or imprisonment.
In large cities such as Tehran, the dress code has been
increasingly flouted -- with many women barely covering their hair and
sporting brightly-coloured, figure-hugging coats.
Earlier this month Tehran city's police chief, Brigadier General Morteza Talaie, also warned
of an impending operation targeting those "who by their conduct or
dress are perturbing public security and morality".