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Spring Brings Fashion Police Blitz in Iran

Posted Apr 30, 2007 3:05 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Men, is the top button of your dress shirt undone? Women, are you wearing a bright-colored scarf? That could mean the fashion police are hot on your trail, if you happen to be on a public street in Iran.

Spring is traditionally the time for amped-up enforcement of the Islamic country's stringent dress code, and this year a new twist has been announced in the annual police effort "to boost ethical security." Authorities said over the weekend that they plan to block cell phone messages deemed to be immoral, reports the LA Times.

Authorities reportedly have issued warnings to 1,347 women for being inappropriately dressed, and detained another 59 for wearing provocative attire. Meanwhile, 20 fashion boutiques have recently been closed due to offensive window displays.

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