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Iran to intensify dress crackdown
Iranian woman being arrested. File photo
Hundreds of women have been reportedly arrested since April
Iran will intensify a crackdown on women flouting Islamic dress laws, a senior policeman has told local media.

Tehran police chief Ahmad Reza Radan said from 23 July twice as many police will tackle "immoral behaviour".

Hundreds of women have already been arrested and some beaten by police since the drive began in April, human rights groups say.

Iranian women are obliged to cover their hair and wear loose-fitting clothes to disguise their figures.

However, some women - especially in wealthier urban areas - wear tighter or more revealing clothes.

Court warning

Ahmad Reza Radan told Iran's Farhang-e Ashti newspaper that police would be enforcing the crackdown with renewed vigour in Mordad - the Iranian month starting on 23 July.

A policeman talks to a man in Iran
Men also are subject to scrutiny over their clothing

"First, those who breach the dress code will be warned by the police.

"But if they continue their ignorance... they will be sent to courts," Mr Radan said.

He also added that men's hairstyles must be in accordance with Islamic religious values.


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