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Iran: Friday prayer leader calls for criminal prosecution against “mal-veiling” in Mashhad

Sample ImageNCRI- Seyed Ahmad Alam-al-Hoda, Friday prayer leader in the holy city of Mashhad called for criminal prosecution against those he described as offenders of Islamic dress codes, reported the official news agency IRNA on Friday.

Alam-al-Hoda told the worshipers that it is a crime not wearing a proper Islamic dress and the security forces must prevent it at all costs. 

Sample ImageNCRI- Seyed Ahmad Alam-al-Hoda, Friday prayer leader in the holy city of Mashhad called for criminal prosecution against those he described as offenders of Islamic dress codes, reported the official news agency IRNA on Friday.

Alam-al-Hoda told the worshipers that it is a crime not wearing a proper Islamic dress and the security forces must prevent it at all costs.   

"Mal-veiling is the root of many other criminal behaviors in the society," said he.

"Some officials based on an incorrect logic believe that 'mal-veiling' should be cured through a cultural campaign. However, such appearance in the public is a crime which should be suppress swiftly," Alam-al-Hoda furiously added.
 
He reminded the zealot worshipers, mainly members and families of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and other security agencies, of the bills ratified by the High Islamic Council on Cultural Affairs and mandatory for all government employees on proper Islamic dressing in 2006.

Alam-al-Hoda said that as soon as the "Chastity Plan" was approved the State Security Forces (SSF) throughout the county was ordered to make its implementation a top priority.  

As a final word, Alam-al-Hoda threatened the security forces with legal action for not properly dealing with the offenders.

Last year alone, over 1,200,000 people were stopped on the streets by the mullahs' police to receive verbal warnings and many were arrested, beaten or humiliated in public for what they chose to wear.

Photo: Depicting a woman beaten by the police for "immoral appearance" in the public in 2007.