Increased surveillance in Iran. On Monday, Iranian police resumed surveillance of women wearing headscarves in their vehicles. More than 100 days after the death of Iranian girl Mahsa Amini after her arrest for allegedly violating the strict dress code for women that sparked historic protests, “police have launched the new phase of the Nazer-1 (Persian surveillance) program. across the country,” a “senior” police official told the Fars news agency.
“It should be mentioned that Nazer-1 is about the lack of hijab in cars,” this officer explained, with police texting the perpetrator. According to the agency, this message reads as follows: “The absence of the veil was detected in your car. It is necessary to respect the norms of society and be careful not to repeat this act of removing the veil.
court proceedings in case of recurrence
On the other hand, the threat contained in a first version of the message that “if this action is repeated, legal and judicial consequences (you) will be applied” was deleted.
The Nazer program was launched by the police in 2020. After mobilizing after Amini’s death, the moral police who arrested the young woman in September stopped arresting women who walked the streets bareheaded and took them to the police station.
In early December, Iran’s Prosecutor General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri said that the Deputy Police Units, also known as Gasht-e Ershad
Orientation Patrol, had been closed.
But activists remain skeptical of the statement, which appears to be more of an impromptu response to a question asked at a conference than a clear announcement by the Home Office.