Iranian police taking softer approach on Islamic rules

Vastavam web: Iranian police are taking a softer approach to breaches of Islamic rules, opting for education over punishment, Tehran’s police chief said today.”According to a decision of the commander of the police force, those who do not observe Islamic codes will no longer be taken to detention centres nor judicial files opened on them,” Brigadier General Hossein Rahimi said in a speech in the Iranian capital.It marks a stark shift from his predecessor, General Hossein Sajedinia, who announced in April 2016 that there were 7,000 undercover morality police reporting on things like “bad hijab” a blanket term usually referring to un-Islamic dress by women.

Figures are rarely given, but Tehran’s traffic police said in late 2015 they had dealt with 40,000 cases of bad hijab in cars, where women often let their headscarves drop around their necks.These cases generally led to fines and temporary impounding of the vehicle, the spokesman said at the time.President Hassan Rouhani, who came to power in 2013 promising a more moderate stance, has said it is not the job of police to enforce religious rules.”It is not the police’s duty to enforce Islam. No police officer can say I did something because God or the Prophet have said so Many religious issues are a matter of personal faith,” he told a police conference in 2015.