Iranian Teenager Arrested After Posting Videos of Herself Dancing Without Hijab

Leroy Wright
July 11, 2018

Women in Iran have posted protest videos of themselves dancing on Instagram, and other protests against the country's hijab laws have erupted in recent months.

Iranians on social media mocked clerical rulers on Monday after the hard-line judiciary arrested a teenage girl for posting on Instagram videos of herself dancing in her room. To the tune of Western and Iranian pop and rap music, the teenager bopped and twirled in her bedroom without wearing the compulsory Islamic headscarf or hijab. "The person playing the instrument cut my performance short and left the scene because of the fear that his instruments would be confiscated if police saw a woman dancing".

In 2014, six young Iranians who posted a video of themselves dancing to Pharrell Williams' hit song Happy on the streets and rooftops of Tehran were given suspended sentences of up to one year in prison and 91 lashes. It was unclear whether her statement was made under duress, AP reports.

"It wasn't for attracting attention", the woman said in the broadcast, visibly shaken and crying. Many of them have been performing dance forms like the Australian shuffle on the streets (video below). According to Shabooneh, a local news website, three other individuals were also released on bail after receiving similar charges. I did not want to encourage others to do the same. I didn't work with a team, I received no training.

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Masih Alinejad, an Iranian activist and journalist, posted the following video of herself dancing without her obligatory headscarf. "I only do gymnastics".

Hojabri was one of a number of popular Instagram users arrested recently in Iran over the content of their videos; activists fear the country will ban the social media site, now one of the few western apps that hasn't been blocked.

This is not the first time women have become victims of Iran's strict rules. Last August, six people were reportedly arrested for Zumba dancing.

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