Iran Bans Necklaces on Men
'Moral police' enforce law against 'un-Islamic' practice
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jun 14, 2011 4:19 PM CDT
An Iranian jewelery shop owner is seen through the window of his shop in Tehran.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Iranian leaders have banned men from wearing necklaces as the latest part of a “moral security plan” against “un-Islamic” trends. Under the plan, the country is cracking down on short pants and loose headscarves on women and certain hairstyles on men. The movement is meant to fight “the western cultural invasion,” said state news. Thousands of “moral police” are enforcing the effort; they typically report to a body appointed by Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Guardian reports.

Violators may be fined or arrested. “It's not only about clamping down on clothing, but they are spreading panic and fear,” said a Tehran resident. “It's unbelievable to see a regime that is not only concerned about its own survival but it goes into your personal life and interferes in that.” Not even dogs are safe.