Reuters: Iranian police detained 28 young men and women wearing “inappropriate and repulsive” clothing and confiscated alcohol at a party in a northeastern city, an Iranian news agency reported on Monday. TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iranian police detained 28 young men and women wearing “inappropriate and repulsive” clothing and confiscated alcohol at a party in a northeastern city, an Iranian news agency reported on Monday.
Mingling between sexes outside marriage is banned in Iran, which has stepped up a campaign this year against fashion and other practices deemed incompatible with Islamic values, including women flouting strict dress codes.
Local police commander Farajollah Vafadar said 10 liters of alcohol, also illegal in the Islamic Republic, were seized in the raid in the city of Shahrud, the Fars News Agency said, without saying when it happened.
“The police officers arrested 18 girls and 10 boys with inappropriate and repulsive clothing in the house,” he said.
“A file was opened for the arrested individuals and their case was referred to the Shahrud judiciary to take its legal procedure,” Vafadar said.
Since Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won the presidency in 2005, promising a return to the values of the 1979 Islamic revolution, hardliners have pressed for tighter controls on “immoral behavior”.
The authorities this month launched a winter campaign against women wearing tight trousers tucked into long boots and other “improper dress” such as short overcoats and hats instead of scarves.
Enforcement of Islamic dress codes that require women to cover their hair and disguise the shape of their bodies has become stricter since 2005, following eight years of reformist rule.
(Writing by Fredrik Dahl; Editing by Ibon Villelabeitia)