Women forced to wash dead bodies after morality police start new hijab crackdown

A woman who has fallen foul of Iran’s recently-rejuvenated “morality police” is understood to have been forced to wash dead bodies as punishment.

Iran has recently rolled out the religious enforcers as a warning to those "heedless of the dress code” after a year off the streets.

A year ago in August Mahsa Amini, 22, died in custody which she was taken into because she had allegedly failed to wear her hijab “properly”.

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The student's death prompted mass protests in the capital Tehran and beyond, with pushback from the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran leading to yet more people losing their lives.

The withdrawal of the Basij, which is made up of paramilitary volunteers, was regarded as a move to appease the protests.

The morality police slipped away following the unrest, but now it seems they have made a comeback, enforcing rules.

In an announcement of the return of the patrols, General Saeed Montazerolmahdi, a police spokesman, said: “As of today, the police will have no other choice but to legally deal with those who are heedless of their dress code and insist on violating it… In case of refusal to listen to the police, they will be referred to the judiciary”.

The protests saw 20,000 detained and 500 people killed, as violence and unrest spread throughout the country and the government stamped the time with executions and intimidation.

The use of intimidatory measures and sentences have been instilled to stamp down on the number of acts of defiance in place of the patrols with non-compliant businesses being shuttered and women who drive without hijabs having their cars seized.

According to court documents seen by the Times, one woman was arrested after her hijab slipped down when she was driving and was made to wash the dead for a month.

Hers is believed to have been the first arrest that used “smart cameras” that help authorities to monitor the general population and track women who are violating the law.

According to the outlet she was also given a two-year travel ban.

She also had to have regular check-ups because her non-compliance was regarded as a type of “disease” that “must be treated”.

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