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Iran president urges police to be lenient with women's dress code

Published on Oct 9, 2013 8:29 PM

TEHRAN (AFP) - Iran's police should keep a lower profile in their enforcement of the rules for women to cover up their bodies, President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday.

His remarks were seen to be keeping a promise of more social freedoms, a cornerstone of the campaign that gave him a surprise victory in the June presidential election.

"If there is a need for a warning on the hijab (head and shoulder veil) issue, the police should be the last to give it," the moderate president told police academy graduates, Fars news agency reported.

"Our virtuous women should feel safe and relaxed in the presence of the police," he said.

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