Protests against compulsory headscarves: Iran is said to be disbanding its vice police: What that could mean - and what not

What exactly happened?</p>On Sunday, several Iranian media outlets quoted a prosecutor general as saying on Sunday that the country's vice squad had been disbanded.

Protests against compulsory headscarves: Iran is said to be disbanding its vice police: What that could mean - and what not

What exactly happened?

On Sunday, several Iranian media outlets quoted a prosecutor general as saying on Sunday that the country's vice squad had been disbanded. The government has so far neither denied nor confirmed such a move. As early as Sunday evening, Iranian state television asked whether the public prosecutor's statement had been taken out of context. Several channels made it clear that the hijab, i.e. the headscarf, would remain compulsory for women in public. Two months ago, members of the vice squad arrested Jina Mahsa Amini for allegedly wearing a headscarf that didn't fit properly. Her death in custody sparked a nationwide wave of protests that has not abated.

What does that mean?

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