Morality police arrest Iranian women

July 16, 2012 at 8:00 AM
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TEHRAN, July 16 (UPI) -- Iranian police shut down coffee shops and restaurants in Tehran and arrested women who failed to adhere to the strict Islamic dress code, Iranian media said.

Police and members of the "morality police" Saturday raided 87 coffee shops and restaurants in Tehran and arrested a number of women, the Iranian Students News Agency said.

"These places were shut for not following Islamic values, providing hookah [water pipe to smoke tobacco] to women and lacking proper licenses," police spokesman Alireza Mehrabi told ISNA.

Radio Zamaneh an independent exile Iranian media organization based in Amsterdam said the women will be sentenced to cash fines or two months in prison for disobeying the Islamic dress code.

Police in Tehran also plan to raid parks in Tehran, Radio Zamaneh said.

Temperatures Saturday were in the 90s.

Last month scores of women, including a well known actress, who planned to attend a concert in Tehran were arrested outside the venue for dressing "inappropriately," the report said.

In May, Ahmad Rouzbehani head of the morality police said 70,000 police officers would be deployed during the summer to ensure the dress code is upheld.

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