IRAN: Iran Women to be Watch Guards at Prisons

Saturday, September 22, 2012
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The Iranian government and police have begun positioning women as watch guards at female prisons across the country aimed at preventing abuses, the ISNA news agency reported.

According to the report, the women will be trained by the Iranian Police Prison authorities and will work inside prisons.

The training period will last 6 months and will include tasks such as physical inspections, transportation of prisoners and maintaining order in the female prisons.

It comes on the heels of a number of reports of abuse of female prisoners by male guards, sparking an outcry of anger in the country.

Earlier, Iranian police said it will be enlisting women to work as security guards in the country, ISNA reported citing Head of Police Department for Crime Preventing, Colonel Nasser Sefiyan.

Sefiyan noted that the latest police plan for preventing daily crimes includes enlisting women as security guards at malls, parks, places of residence, and so on.

The Colonel noted that such move would help to prevent women thieves and men dressed as women from stealing things.

Sefiyan noted “that hiring women as security guards is important.”

According to Sefiyan, using women security guards “would help to prevent abuse of security cameras installed in malls and other facilities, as well as help to improve businesses in the country, aside from preventing various theft attempts.”