Secret moral police Iranian authorities announced the launch of 7,000 undercover morality police. “Creating calm and security in the country, especially in Tehran, is what the people expect from the police,” said Tehran’s police chief, Hossein Sajedinia. He added that “moral security” wasn’t just about women’s veiling, but also drug abuse and smuggling, noise pollution, reckless driving, theft, and violence by gangs.
President Hassan Rouhani criticized the new move for undercover morality police. The Iranian president said the government shouldn’t make such decisions and promised to preserve Iranian citizens’ freedom. “Our first duty is to respect people's dignity and personality. God has bestowed dignity to all human beings and this dignity precedes religion,” he added. Many Iranians shared the video clip of Rouhani’s comments on social media.