The Gershad App Lets Young Iranians Evade the Morality Police

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - Feb 10, 2016
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Gershad is a mobile app, launched by an anonymous group of Iranian app developers, that is designed to help young, liberal-minded Iranians avoid the country's morality police, known as "Ershad".

The Ershad cops are known for cracking down on what they see as Western behavior such as dressing fashionably, holding hands and engaging in other behavior that is considered unbecoming of the strict state's moral code. The app uses crowdsourced data to create a map of Ershad vehicles on maps, allowing other users to be weary of morality police who are often accused of needless harassment and abuse of power.

The app is being lauded by many progressive-minded young Iranians who are happy to use technology to exercise their personal freedoms in an environment where doing so can get you in disproportionate trouble.