Kermanshah’s prosecutor general urges officials from the local branch of the Department of Islamic Guidance to act against female vendors in the province, ILNA news agency reported on Sunday.
In a letter Mohammad Hossein Sadeghi claimed that "distribution and selling books in public by women are against Islamic law, moral values and accepted norms."
Sadeghi has asked officials to end the phenomenon, which according to him is problematic and inappropriate for Muslim girls.
Attorney general has explained that " young girls with a bunch of books wandering into government organization, residential houses and cars trying to sell books have created an image, which is an obvious mismatch of public culture and it will lead to other unaccepted behaviors.”
Female book vendors in Iran have started their job about five years ago. The idea was proposed by Ahmad Masjed Jamei, a member of Tehran City Council, aimed at developing a reading culture in the society.
Female book vendors in Kermanshah province followed the idea since 2016.
Iran has the lowest average reading time of about 2 minutes per day. According to cultural experts, government censorships and the high price of books due to the scarcity of paper are among the reasons for the low average of reading time among Iranians.