A teenage girl was arrested in Iran for publishing dancing clips on Instagram

  • Activists and critics used the hashtag #Dancing_is_not_acrime due to the arrest of Maedeh Hojabri and Iranian ladies posted recordings of themselves dancing in public.
  • Ladies are required to wear headscarves and modest clothing in public and are not allowed to dance in public according to Iran’s Islamic Sharia law.

Turkey: On Monday, Iranians on social media mocked clerical rulers after the hard-line judiciary arrested a high school young girl for posting on Instagram recordings of herself. Activists and critics used the hashtag #Dancingisnotacrime due to the arrest of Maedeh Hojabri and Iranian ladies posted recordings of themselves dancing in public.

Hossein Ronaghi-Maleki, an Iranian blogger and political dissident wrote: “You will be giggled if you tell people anywhere in the world that 17 and 18-year-old young ladies are captured for their dance, happiness and beauty on charges of spreading profanity, while child rapists and other criminals are free.”

In the previous weeks, Some Iranian news sites announced that three other individuals had been captured on comparable charges. The reports said they were released on bail. Iranian state TV aired a video in which she apologized for “breaking moral norms” but said any breach was not her intention.

On Friday, Hojabri said: “I had no awful intentions … I would not like to urge others to do the same … I did not work with a network.”

Hojabri had posted around 300 recordings on her Instagram account – in which she showed up without wearing the necessary Islamic headscarf before her account was blocked by Iranian authorities.

Ladies are required to wear headscarves and modest clothing in public and are not allowed to dance in public according to Iran’s Islamic Sharia law. The potential charges against Hojabri were not determined, but rather she is probably going to be blamed of running afoul of Islamic codes of conduct that call for unobtrusiveness in clothing and conduct.

A Twitter user @samzglam said: “Art is the language of the soul, highest of the hopes, not a crime.” Sharing her own dancing clip, @Marun_1 said :“usually I don’t share pictures and videos but today is an important day.”

Many social media accounts, such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and the Telegram messaging app are blocked in Iran. Iranian officials said a week ago that the judiciary was thinking about blocking access to Instagram. Be that as it may, numerous Iranians avoid the sifting using VPN software, which gives scrambled connections straightforwardly to private systems abroad, and can enable a PC to carry on as though it is situated in another nation.

Before a couple of months, the judiciary arrested a senior Iranian official after a video posted online that showed young boys and girls dancing in public in the northeastern holy Shiite city of Mashhad for undermining public decency.”
A few number of Pharrell Williams fans were arrested in 2014 for sharing videos of themselves dancing to the song Happy on the rooftops of Tehran and got suspended sentences of detainment and lashes.

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