The Iranian government today announced the disbandment of the much-criticized "morality police".

The picture shows that on the streets of Tehran, the capital of Iran, in 2007, the morality police preached to a woman who was arrested for not complying with the dress code.

(AFP file photo)

[Instant News/Comprehensive Report] According to Iranian media sources, after the long-term large-scale protests triggered by the Mahsa Amini incident, the Iranian government finally bowed to public opinion and announced today (4) the dissolution of the much-criticized Compiled by Morality police.

Agence France-Presse quoted the Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) as reporting that Iran's Attorney General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri announced the major move at a religious meeting.

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Montazeri was asked by a participant why the Morality Police had been disbanded. "The Morality Police has nothing to do with the judiciary," the report said.

The Morality Police was founded by former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, officially known as Gasht-e Ershad, or "Guidance Patrol", to promote Iran's "modest and hijab cultural traditions". ", a unit that began "guiding" Iranian nationals in 2006.

Against the background of ongoing protests in the country, Montazeri said yesterday that Iran's parliament and judiciary were studying whether "the law requiring women to cover their heads" needed to be changed.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi also pointed out in a televised talk on Saturday that while Iran's republican nature and fundamental principles of Islam are deeply rooted in the constitution, "there are some ways of implementing the constitution that can be flexible."