The morality police that patrolled the streets, adjusting headscarves or bursting into cafes to make sure any couples were related, are now rarely seen.
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Saba was just 25-years-old when she left her design job in New York to work on a project renovating an art gallery back in her hometown Tehran.If I had stayed in New York, I wouldn't have had this chance," said Saba, now 27 .She says the position of women in Iran has changed a lot over the past decade.After the revolution, Islamic laws gave women a lower legal status than men, requiring them, for example, in many cases to gain permission from their father or husband to leave the country.TOOL OF MALE AROUSALIran's rulers claim Islamic gender laws -- particularly "hijab" rules that require women to wear a headscarf and modest clothing -- are designed to protect women.'NOTHING LIKE IT WAS' The authorities still draw the line at actively protesting the compulsory hijab: several women were arrested last year for doing so, and a prominent rights lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, jailed after taking on their cases.
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