UPDATE: Iranian officials later denied the report in The New York Times that the morality police had been abolished, saying that the Guidance Patrol is part of the police and not the judiciary. "Mohammad Jafar Montazeri, Islamic Republic’s attorney general, denies news that morality police is to be abolished. 'No official authority in Islamic Republic of Iran has confirmed the closure of morality police,'" reported CBC's Samira Mohyeddin.
Original story follows:
Iran reportedly abolished its Guidance Patrol, which is often referred to as the "morality police," after months of protest in that nation.
The New York Times reports a statement on Saturday from Iranian Prosecutor General Mohammad Javad Montazeri said the morality police were "was abolished by the same authorities who installed it."
The protests were sparked after 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died while in custody of those Morality Police in September. She had been detained for violating the dress code under Iranian Islamic law.
Protestors took to the streets in Iran and were joined by sympathy protests around the world. Thousands have shown their support not only for Amini, but for others who protest for their human rights.
Montazeri said that "social behavior" regulations in Iran would still be strictly enforced but that the laws forcing women to wear hijab were being reviewed.
Human rights activist Mehran Samak was shot on Tuesday, increasing tensions between the government and anti-regime protestors.
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