Iranian Police Chief Targets Women Cyclists, Roller Skaters

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Growing up in Iran in the 1980s and early 1990s, women weren’t allowed to bike or roller skate outside. We were discouraged by the Islamic regime to even go for a run or do any normal physical activity outside, which I found extremely annoying since it made it very difficult to get exercise.

Since the late 1990s, a lot of these restrictions were removed or at least ignored, but it seems that with the last year protests, the Islamic regime is back to its old games.

This is the report from RFE/RLs’ Radio Farda:

The new police chief of the Iranian city of Esfahan says it is a crime for women to cycle or roller-skate in public. The two were among a range of women’s activities deemed criminal by Hassan Karami in an announcement on October 18. Further criminal activities include singing near Esfahan’s famous Khajoo Bridge and playing volleyball in public. Karami also said that it is a crime for either sex to play cards in public parks. Karami said police will “severely prosecute” offenders. He added that the number of police stations and patrols in Esfahan should be increased in order to combat crime in the city.

Tehran-based lawyer Ahmad Bashiri told Radio Farda on October 19 that for an act to be considered a crime, there must be a defined punishment under the law, so that the crime can be prosecuted. “Singing is not in itself a crime,” Bashiri said. “But if it inconveniences the public, or if the song contains obscene words, then it can be considered a crime.” By contrast, playing cards or gambling in public is considered a crime under Iranian law, Bashiri added.

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