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Iran Aims For Stricter Dress Code

In an undated photo, Iranian police warn women about their clothing and hair during a crackdown to enforce Islamic dress code.
Iran's general prosecutor today pushed for stricter punishments for violations of the Islamic dress code in public, arguing that under the law "violators of public chastity should be punished by being sentenced to up to two months in jail or 74 lashes."

Prosecutor Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejei also said that the law has not been fully implemented in the country for the past 15 years and, as he said, "It is up to the judge to decide whether to punish violators by only fining them."

Iran's current dress code was imposed after the country's 1979 Islamic revolution. Women are obligated to cover their hair and wear long, modest garments, but young women, particularly in urban areas, often push the boundaries.