Women in Iran’s capital no longer face arrests for defying the country’s conservative dress regulations.
Police made the announcement on December 28th.
Tehran police chief Brigadier General Hossein Rahimi said “those who do not observe the Islamic dress code will no longer be taken to detention centers nor will judicial cases be filed against them."
The dress code has been on the books since the country’s 1979 revolution.
It requires women to cover their hair completely and wear clothing that is long and loose, bright nail polish and heavy makeup are also banned.
Dress code violators however, won’t exactly get off scot-free, they’ll have to attend classes on dressing modestly at counseling centers.
Citing Rahimi, the Tehran Times reports seventy-nine hundred people have already taken such courses.
Those who repeatedly violate the dress code, however, could still face legal action.
For United News International, I’m Neela Eyunni.