Women in Tehran will no longer routinely face being locked up or prosecuted for failing to observe strict Islamic dress codes in force since the 1979 revolution, the Iranian capital's police chief has said.
General Hossein Rahimi said those who do not observe the code "will no longer be taken to detention centres, nor will judicial cases be filed against them", the reformist newspaper Sharq reported.
However, women found to be in breach of the rules will instead be made to attend classes given by police, semi-official news agency Tasnim said.
It added that those repeatedly doing so could still be subject to legal action.
General Rahimi did not say when the new guidelines had been introduced. But he said nearly 8,000 people had been "educated" over rule breaches in more than 100 centres in Tehran province.
In April 2016, General Sajedinia announced there were 7,000 undercover morality police reporting on matters such as "bad hijab" - a blanket term usually referring to alleged un-Islamic dress by women.
Figures on enforcement of the rules are scarce, though in 2015 Tehran's traffic police said his officers had dealt with 40,000 cases of bad hijab in cars, where women often let their headscarves drop around their necks. Those cases generally led to fines and the impounding of vehicles.https://news.sky.com/story/iranian-women-no-longer-face-being-jailed-for-not-covering-their-heads-11187657