Shocking moment ‘morality police’ use dog-catcher’s pole to haul woman into van ‘for failing to wear headscarf’ in Iran

Shocking moment ‘morality police’ use dog-catcher’s pole to haul woman into van ‘for failing to wear headscarf’ in Iran

SHOCKING footage shows ‘morality police’ in Iran using a dog catcher’s pole to haul a woman into a van for allegedly not wearing a headscarf.

The video shows the woman lying on the pavement struggling with a man and a woman who are holding her by the arm and leg.

The woman struggling as she's dragged with the pole
The woman struggling as she’s dragged with the pole
The woman being finally bundled into the van
The woman being finally bundled into the vanCredit: CEN

The footage was was posted to Twitter by Iranian journalist and activist Masih Alinejad.

Alinejad said woman was being arrested for not wearing the Islamic hijab headscarf, which is compulsory for women.

“Police use a catch pole to snare women for the crime of not wearing hijab in Iran.

Video shows a female officer inside the van using the dog catchers’ pole, with the noose around the woman’s ankle, to drag her into the van as she continues to struggle.

The brutal footage continues with the female officer grabbing the woman by her hair and her and as her and her colleague try to force her into the vehicle.

Despite her managing to force herself out briefly, the woman is eventually bundled in and the door slammed shut.

“They have used guns and bullets, baton charges, acid attack imprisonments and now catch poles, used to trap wild animals, to silence women,” said Alinejad.

It is not clear when or where in Iran the video was filmed, and the identity of the detained woman is unknown, as is her fate.

Women who fail to wear the hijab headscarf in the Middle Eastern country face being charged with “inciting corruption and prostitution” which can earn them up to a decade in prison.

In response, Tehran police deputy chief Colonel Morad Moradi’s claimed woman was being “aggressive” towards officers before she was restrained.

STRICT LAWS

He told the state-run ISNA news agency further charges had been brought by a local shop owner but refused to give details. 

Moradi wouldn’t say the woman was injured during the arrest but said footage would be investigated.

Bur Ms Alinejad hit back saying “when women resist being arrested for not wearing hijab, regime makes up other charges, and accuses unveiled women of prostitution or creating moral corruption”.

She slammed his suggestion police would be held to account as a “big lie”.

“Last time when morality police savagely beat women, police showed the same reaction,” she said.

‘USED TO TRAP ANIMALS’

“But as soon as the atmosphere calmed down, they prosecuted the woman who filmed it.”

Alinejad is a fierce critic of the Iranian regime based in the UK and USA, who was the target of a bizarre kidnapping plot by Iranian spies.

According to the FBI, four agents planned to take her to Venezuela by speedboat and then then fly her to Tehran.

In 2017, she started the ‘White Wednesdays’ campaign, which encourages women to ditch their headscarves or wear white shawls in protest against compulsory hijab laws.

The woman kept struggling as she was taken away
The woman kept struggling as she was taken awayCredit: CEN
The video was put online by Masih Alinejad
The video was put online by Masih AlinejadCredit: Reuters

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