Tehran Police say Iranian Women won’t be arrested over Dress Code

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TEHRAN, IRAN – JUNE 5: Iranian women perform as they train Far East Fighting Arts to be able to defend themselves, at the Jughin castle which is located 40 km’s far from Tehran, Iran on

Police in Iran’s capital said Thursday they will no longer detain women who violate the Islamic dress code, local media reported.

Tehran police chief Gen. Hossein Rahimi said “those who do not observe the Islamic dress code will no longer be arrested, nor will judicial cases be filed against them”, according to a report by the semi-official Tasnim News Agency.

It said violators will be ordered to take police-instructed classes on Islamic values instead, although repeat offenders could still be subject to legal action.

The current Islamic dress code has been imposed in Iran since the 1979 revolution.

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  1. To some extent this fear of the human body exists everywhere. Obviously it is more extreme in Iran compared to a European country (say), but every society now and in history has maintained some kind of a taboo.
    This is regrettable.

    “The concept of “obscenity” is tested when we dare to look at something that we desire to see but have forbidden ourselves to look at. When we feel that everything has been revealed, “obscenity” disappears and there is a certain liberation.” – Nagisa Oshima, Japanese director following the release of his In The Realm Of Senses and the subsequent court case against him.

  2. Iran needs to relax these ridiculous rules, and allow their women to decide individually, what they would like to wear.
    With Saudi Arabia supposedly relaxing the rules banning women from driving, perhaps competing with each other might be good for both these nations, when trying to catch up with the modern world. Let’s see who gets there faster, if they ever do.

  3. This is an interesting developement. Though being forced to go to a class could certianly be seen as a type of house arrest for at least as long as the class lasts. Then of course there is the threat of legal action against repeat offenders.
    But I can imagine one other possible snag. It has been a long time since I read an English translation of the Koran while attending Islamic study sessesions led by a Palestinian Muslim with a Phd in Astronomy but as I recall the Koran says that women should or maybe it was must cover their TOP. Yes the Islamic word was translated not as head not as hair not as breasts but TOP. If that is a correct translation then it is a brilliant choice of words. It emphasises that Islamic women should dress modestly but it does it in a way so that it can be interpreted in a changing social context. It could easily be understood to mean that women should cover their head in the 7th century Egypt or that women should cover their breasts in 21st century Tehran.
    But accepting the Koran as the best way for humans to live with out questioning further leaves another question unasked. That is, is modesty really the best policy for a society? And does modesty mean that women should hide their curves while body building men can show off their muscles? Or does modesty mean that we should we be willing to keep wearing clothing that might have a small stain or two or a small tear or two and not be worried that people will think that we are lazy slobs because we are to poor to be able to buy a stainless or untorn piece of clothing. Or does modesty mean that everyone has to wear the same color of clothing, or the same uniform so that no individuality is expressed to attempt build solidartiy among all the members of a society?

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