Iranian police crack down on dress code violations
International Herald Tribune / The Associated Press

TEHRAN: The Iranian police have closed down dozens of clothing stores and hairdressers and started cracking down on women and men who do not abide by Iran's strict Islamic dress code, the Iranian media reported Monday.

The sweep, which started Saturday in some Tehran neighborhoods, is part of an annual campaign aimed at enforcing dress codes that require women to wear long loose robes or coats and cover their hair in public. Many women, particularly in Tehran, push the boundaries of the code, wearing short, colorful coats that reveal the shape of their bodies and letting their head scarves slip to show some of their hair.

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