Young Iranians are dodging the country’s ‘morality police’ with a new app

A new smartphone app which helps Iranians dodge the Islamic Republic’s ‘morality police’ is proving popular with the young, tech-savvy population – but has quickly fallen foul of the authorities.

The Gershad app allows users who spot checkpoints set up by the morality police – who enforce Islamic dress and behaviour codes – to tag their location on a Google map with an icon of a bearded man, enabling others to steer clear of them.

The app was blocked by the authorities soon after it was released for Android devices on Monday but many Iranians have managed to bypass Internet restrictions by using a Virtual Private Network.