Iranian developers just launched a mobile app called “Gershad”, which alerts users if the morality police are nearby.
The Gershad app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store. The description reads : “Everyone knows to what extent we are humiliated by the morality police. Many websites are full of photo and video evidence of the humiliations that young women in particular undergo. The Gershad app is a peaceful way to minimize the risks and to bring us back a little freedom.” It’s hard to say if this app will take off in Iran, but people seem to be trying it out already. If you log in, you can see that several users have already uploaded officer locations.
Hassan Rohani was elected president of Iran in 2013. Since the more moderate Rohani took office, our Observers say that there’s been a decrease in the number of morality police on the streets.
That said, the Iranian government doesn’t have 100% control over the police. The chief of police is named by Supreme
Leader Ali Khamenei, even though he answers to both the religious authority and the minister of the interior.