Iran to Intensify Dress Crackdown

July 15, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

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.