POLICE have vowed to separate holidaying men and women at a popular ski resort in a bid to “prevent any immoral offences” under Islamic law.
A special “ski police unit” has been deployed to segregate thousands of skiers to stop them from mixing with the opposite sex.
General Hossein Sajadinia confirmed the unit – who cover Elburz Mountains outside Tehran, Iran – have been equipped with new uniforms to “withstand the mountainous conditions and yet be flexible enough to arrest offenders while chasing them on the slopes”.
The hotspot is popular with young Iranians who meet on the mountains where some women remove their veils while dining in the slope’s restaurants and Shisha cafés.
But General Sajadinia has promised a clamp down on any misdemeanours that breach Islamic laws.
He said: “This year we have sent a number of women officers to learn how to ski so they can carry out their vigilante duties of dealing with women who defy the Islamic hijab and those members of the police who play loud music while mixing with the opposite sex or commit sexual harassment.”
The ski slopes have traditionally been a scene for confrontation between Iran’s hardliners and the affluent residents of the capital.
They are officially segregated and women are not allowed to ski in the absence of a husband, father or brother.
However they have become a haven for a more relaxed social environment.
One Iranian said on social media: “The closer one gets to the mountains, the less one feels the grip of the regime and its social restrictions.”
The country’s government has also been slammed by hardliners for the “lax social codes” allegedly sweeping over Iran.