Bedroom Police Iranian Teen Detained over Instagram Dance Videos Twitter 8 Jul 2018
11 July, 2018, 15:54
Maedeh Hojabri, 18, has more than 51,000 followers on her Instagram account where she posts clips of herself dancing to Iranian and Western music, along with selfies and snaps with her friends and family.
Hojabri also appeared in some videos without a headscarf, an obligatory dress code for women in Iran.
Several people on social media have spoken up in support of Hojabri, and against the overall situation in Iran. Since the 1979 Iranian revolution, for example, women have been forced to wear the headscarf. "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". One of them is Elnaz Qasemi, who had more than 600,000 Instagram followers.
A local news website, Shabooneh, said the girl and three others were detained on similar charges in recent weeks before being released on bail.
"It wasn't incitement, I didn't want to encourage anyone, I didn't have an objective", she said. "I did not work with a network", a crying Hojabri told TV on Friday.
Protesting the girl's arrest, a number of women posted videos of themselves dancing online.
Captioning the video, he writes: 'If you tell people anywhere in the world that girls aged 17 and 18 are arrested due to their beauty, the joy of dance and accused of the crime of prostitution, and predators of children are free, they will laugh!
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