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Justice department looks to clean up corruption in Qom
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posted July 12, 2001 10:23
TEHRAN, July 11 (AFP) - Iran's justice department voiced alarm Wednesday at "the expansion of social corruption and depravity" among youth in the city of Qom, a religious center for Shiite Muslims, the official IRNA news agency reported. "Sadly, there are people who ignore the sacred religious values and holy character of their city, who carry out corrupt and depraved acts," IRNA said.
Qom, 125 kilometres (78 miles) south of Tehran, is home to numerous Koranic schools, shrines, and is where the Islamic Republic's founding father, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, taught.
The justice department in Qom called for police "to repress the flagrant signs of depravity among the young," adding the situation was worse than before the 1979 Islamic revolution.
The justice department said the police must stop cars from playing "depraved and prohibited music" and prevent drivers from harassing women on the streets. The department warned drivers' cars would be seized for violations.
The statement appeared after press reports of a recent police crackdown on a gang of men abducting and raping young women in Qom.
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