New Delhi: In a shocking Incedent of brutality, a 14-year-old girl has been beaten and detained for wearing ripped jeans in the latest report of police brutality against women and girls.
Zahra was celebrating her birthday with friends last week when a patrol of "morality police" pulled up. The teenager said officers tried to force her and her friends into their car in the city of Shiraz,Iran beating them when they resisted.
"There were two women and two men in a huge van and they pushed us into it with the force of their beatings," she recalled. "Their objection was to the ripped jeans that we were wearing. There were really no other issues concerning me and my friends."
Zahra and her friends were released after being made to sign written pledges that they would not wear the trousers again and adhere to Iran's strict laws and traditions in the future.
According to a media report Zahra was harassed by Iran Police and detained with her friends.
Iran claims to follow Islamic Sharia law as its legal code of law and various incidents were reported on social media last year too. Several women arrested last year for sharing “vulgar” photos on Instagram, including one who was made to issue a public apology on state television.
Rules are enforced by thousands of visible and undercover religious or "morality" police, who patrol the streets to check for violations. Women found to have their hair or bodies inadequately covered can be publicly admonished, warned, fined or even arrested, while vigilantes are also active.
Iran’s traditions and laws recommend that women wear headscarves in public places, along with trousers or full-length skirts and long-sleeved tunics and coats.
Relationships between non-Muslim men and Muslim women are also illegal in Iran and punishable by whipping (for the women). Alcohol, adultery, homosexuality and sex outside marriage are considered as serious crime and can carry death penalty.