A disturbing video has captured the moment an undercover morality officers spits on a girl not wearing a hijab on the streets of Iran.
The group of teenage girls can be heard crying and screaming in the footage as the man confronts them.
The wife tells the group he is an intelligence officer as the couple berate one of the young women for not wearing the religious head covering.
The group of friends shout and cry as he spits at the girl in the short clip, said to have been filmed in the streets of Kermanshah, a city the west of the country.
The footage, which has been circulating on social media, show the couple pulling up at a roadside as they confront the teen girls.
The man’s wife gets out of the car and says ‘apologise to my husband so he won’t hit you’.
The exchange becomes tense and the the morality officer tells the girls ‘I’ll f*** your mother’, according to the Mail Online’s translation.
He claims their behaviour is immoral, as they plead with him to leave them alone.
Gesturing at the teen not wearing a hijab, he asks her where her ‘dirty owner’ is and tells her ‘martyrs’ did not die for her to be seen in public without one.
The girls can be heard screaming repeatedly that her uncle is a ‘martyr,’ as the group ends up in a shouting match.
After the man spits, another woman wearing a hijab pushes him.
A regular police officer can be seen in the clip arriving then standing by without intervening as the roadside exchange becomes heated.
The teens can be heard screaming: “Officer, why aren’t you doing anything?”
The hijab has been compulsory for women in Iran since the Islamic revolution of 1979, which brought in increasingly religiously conservative laws.
Women in the country have tried to protest the rules, but have faced severe punishment for their activism.
The compulsory headscarves rule is enforced by the morality police.
His threat followed a trend in recent years of women protesting Iran’s strict rules by removing their head-scarves in public and on social media.
The clip was shared on Twitter by prominent Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad, who is campaigning against the state’s compulsory hijab laws.
The US-based activist said the girls had sent the footage to her, after it became clear the police would not protect them during the incident.
Alinejad pioneered the White Wednesdays campaign, which encourages women to post photos of themselves on social media without headscarves online.
Women have also risked arrest and public backlash by walking in public without their hijabs, with many capturing footage of the street harrassment they face from men in the country- which they share using the hashtag #MyCameraIsMyWeapon.
Last July, the semi-official Fars news agency quoted the head of the Tehran Revolutionary Court responding to the movement, saying women who film themselves or others removing their hijab could be sentenced to one to ten years behind bars.