Harrowing videos provide a peek inside Iran morality police vehicles

Earlier this week, Masih Alinejad brought to light one woman’s disturbing run-in with Iranian morality police in Tehran. Footage she posted on her My Stealthy Freedom Facebook page showed a young Iranian woman who had been pulled over by by authorities and, apparently, stripped of her driving documentation. As she stood in front of the police vehicle and protested, the officer behind the wheel drove over the woman, and only stopped when she was almost entirely pinned beneath the automobile.

Alinejad told Women in the World that she has put out a call to men and women in Iran to send her more videos of their encounters with morality police that show women’s rights being violated. On Thursday, she posted two new clips sent to her by people inside Iran.

In the first video, shot on a mobile phone from inside the morality police vehicle, a young woman who had been on her way to work, and detained along with some friends, can be heard being harassed by an officer over the length of her coat, and why it’s unbuttoned, according to a subtitled translation on the video.

“My coat is not short,” the young woman pleads.

“Why is your coat unbuttoned,” the officer asks.

“I was on the subway and it was too hot. That is why I unbuttoned it.”

“Well, you are not allowed to keep it unbuttoned,” the officer declares. After some arguing and as the vehicle is driving away, another young woman speaks up and says to the officer, “Madam, I am wearing socks and my sleeves are not even rolled up. My hijab is on my head. I am not wearing tight-fitting [clothes]. Why have I been arrested?”

Then, according to the translation, the officer explains to the women, “They have installed secret cameras inside the subway to observe who is wearing the compulsory veil.” Then she informs the women that cellphones are strictly prohibited and threatens to confiscate them if they’re caught using one. The video ends with the women inside what looks like a police precinct where they must sign a contract in order to be released. Watch the video below.

A similar scenario unfolds in the second clip, which is shorter than the first. A woman is stopped by a morality police officer and ordered to get into a police van. When she protests and tells the officer not to touch her, the officer tells the woman to “stop screaming.”

“I am not screaming. This is how my voice is. You claim that my attire does not conform to the rules. I am merely trying to tell you that this is not the case. I am volleyball coach,” the woman pleads.

“Get into the van,” the officer orders.

Near the end of the clip, the woman tells the office, “By the way, I don’t even have any makeup on my face. I wonder why I’m being detained.” Watch it in full below.


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