Calls grow for Iran morality police to change course

In a rare move, Iranian newspapers on Thursday criticised the country’s morality police, tasked with ensuring respect for Islamic laws, after a viral video of a woman pleading for her daughter to be released.

The criticism emerged as public debate about the hijab, a required female head covering, resurfaced after local media reported measures that may indicate tighter controls.

The morality police patrol the streets with a mandate to enter public areas to check on implementation of the head scarf law and other Islamic requirements.