Iranian women dance for justice after government detains teen for video

Iranian women dance for justice after government detains teen for video

Iranian women dance for justice after government detains teen for video

Iranians are posting videos of themselves dancing on social media to protest the arrest of a teenager whose seductive dance moves on Instagram landed her in police custody.

Dozens reacted to Hojabri's detention by uploading their own dance videos.

On Friday, a woman identified as Maedeh reportedly appeared in a state TV video broadcast and admitted to breaking moral norms, in what activists say was a forced appearance. I didn't work with a team, I received no training. The 18-year-old gymnast was detained after she was seen dancing to pop music in her bedroom and was not wearing a headscarf, which is required in the country.

Her account, which has been suspended, was reported to have had more than 600,000 followers.

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"People would laugh at you if you tell anyone in the world that [in Iran] they arrest 17-year-olds and 18-year-olds for dancing, being happy and being lovely, for spreading indecency, and instead pedophiles are free", a blogger tells the Guardian. "I only do gymnastics".

She had posted around 300 videos on her account, many of which showed her dancing.

In response to the arrest, some women took to social media to post videos of themselves dancing, in support of Hojabri, using the Iranian version of the hashtag #dancing_isn't_a_crime.

The Iranian government has put several restrictions on the public role of women based on Islamic Sharia laws.

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Dancing with the opposite sex in public in Iran is banned, unless they are immediate family members.

"I'm dancing so that they (the authorities) see and know that they can not take away our happiness and hope by arresting teenagers and (girls like) Maedeh", the BBC translated the tweet of one supporter.

In June during the FIFA World Cup 2018, women were for the first time allowed to watch Iran's matches on big screens at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran.

Last year, for instance, four men and two women were detained for teaching the Colombian fitness routine Zumba and "Western" dances.

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