Iranian teen arrested for dancing on Instagram

Tuesday, 10 Jul, 2018

An 18-year-old girl was recently arrested in Iran after posting videos of herself dancing on Instagram.

Iranian women are taking to social media to share videos of themselves dancing in support of a teenager who was arrested for dancing in her Instagram videos. There is no information available regarding the number of people arrested or the names of the others, the Guardian reported. I did not have any intention to encourage others doing the same ...

"I didn't work with a team, I received no training".

"If you tell people anywhere in the world that 17 and 18-year-old girls are arrested for their dance, happiness and beauty on charges of spreading indecency, while child rapists and others are free, they will laugh!" 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.

"It wasn't for attracting attention", the woman said in the broadcast, visibly shaken and crying. "I only do gymnastics".

Some women can be seen without their headscarves, but their faces covered.

Hojabri's account has since been suspended, but social media users have been sharing her videos. "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 attractive, for spreading indecency, and instead pedophiles are free", a blogger tells the Guardian.

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

Hojabri had posted about 300 videos to her almost 600,000 followers, many that showed her dancing, sometimes in mid-riff baring tops and tight jeans, without a hijab, which is required in public. But more importantly, she is a courageous great warrior against the barbaric regime who took a nation in hostage.

This is not the first time women have become victims of Iran's strict rules. Another post showed a man holding a birthday cake and dancing, with the comment, "dancing isn't a crime". In 2014, six people who appeared in an online video dancing to Pharrell Williams' hit song "Happy" on the streets were sentenced to a one-year jail term and 91 lashes.

Zahra Rahnavard, the opposition Green Movement leader who has been under house arrest in Iran without charge for over seven years was quoted by the Kaleme website as saying, "The head of the IRIB should apologize to the shared conscience of the people of Iran".