The Chief Justice of a northern province in Iran said that civilians who oppose the regime’s morality police would be dealt with “decisively”.
This comes after several incidents of civilians fighting back or defending themselves against morality police who give verbal notices or threaten Iranians who do not conform to the regime’s strict dress code.
“No one has the right to use criminal words or carry out criminal behavior against the Enjoining Good and Forbidding Wrong agents. Whoever does this will be dealt with decisively, quickly and firmly,” Mohammad Sadegh Akbari said in comments carried by the Fars state-run News Agency.
Enjoining good and forbidding wrong is an Islamic concept used by the Iranian regime to crack down on civil liberties and provides impunity to the regime affiliated vigilante groups.
The regime also cracks down on dog owners and considers dog ownership as “un-Islamic”.
According to the Head of the Traffic Police in Isfahan, central Iran, more than 500 drivers have been fined in the past six months for driving around with dogs. The police official said civilians who drive dogs around in their cars would face a more “serious punishment” in the future.
On October 27, the regime announced the establishment of a judicial branch in northern Iran, who support the regime affiliated vigilante groups tasked with giving notices to civilians who do not conform to the regime’s “moral” laws. The Gilan Head of Enjoining Good and Forbidding Wrong Headquarters, Sajad Sarfaraz said the groups, made up of Basij forces, would be “supported by the judiciary.”
In mid-October, the head of Friday Prayers in Rasht who also represents the regime’s Supreme Leader in Gilan Province praised the Judiciary and the police for supporting the regime-affiliated vigilantes.
Falahati also lashed out against “dog walking” saying that it “broke the norms” and called on the Judiciary and the police to crack down on dog owners who walked their dogs in public.
On October 2, the head of Friday Prayers in Isfahan called for the establishment of special court branches that dealt with cases of “immoral conduct”.
Tabatabai Nejad also said that judges must support the vigilantes who harassed Iranians on the streets for not conforming to the regime’s strict dress code or moral laws.
The establishment of an “Enjoining Good and Forbidding Wrong” branch in the judiciary will make it easier for the regime to curb civil liberties.